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Sleep Mothers

It is two it is three it is four in the morning
They are sleeping think of them sleeping.
It is two it is three it is four in the morning
All in their beds think of them, think of them sleeping
The gray-haired…

Notes on Bye Bye Land

(Numbers refer to–in order–section, stanza, and line.)


Part 1

1,8,2: Thomas Wyatt, “Forget Not Yet.”

2,1,1: “Ships, towers, domes, theaters and temples lie / Open unto to the sea, and to the sky,” Wordsworth, “Lines Composed on Westminster Bridge, 1802.”

2,5,1: Ronald Reagan, campaign…

Explanatory Notes and Bios

Meena Alexander

I was moved by the poem by J.P.Dancing Bear (though I did not know the poet’s name then)–the lyric grace, the sweet snout of elegy, the fecund redness, then utter pallor of it. The loss flickered in me. A…