Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Quote of the Day (Dana Gioia, with an ‘Alley Cat Love Song’)

“The fireflies court in the sweetgum tree.
The nightjar calls from the pine,
And she seems to say in her rhapsody,
‘Oh, mustard-brown Fred, be mine!’
The full moon lights my whiskers afire,
And the fur goes erect on my spine.”—American poet, critic, translator, and essayist Dana Gioia, “Alley Cat Love Song," from Interrogations at Noon (2001)
The accompanying image of Dana Gioia was taken Sept. 4, 2015, by Star Black.
(Thanks to my college friend Greg for inspiring me to look up more work by this talented poet.)

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