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New ‘Jess Poem’ in the Bellingham Review

My poem “The Art of Dying” appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of the Bellingham Review (Volume XLI, Issue 76). Although my friend and mentor Jess Spielholz died in 2009, his thoughts and the testimony of his amazing life continue to inspire me. He was 101 when he crossed over and in those final years and months, contemplated why he was still here on earth. At the very end he told me that he had transcended time, a concept he had puzzled over. To prove this, he revealed scores of Mariners’ ball games the day before they occurred and he was correct! This poem tells about our conversations about time and what he experienced.

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