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22 November 1963 is a date that is seared in my consciousness. I can still smell the crisp Oregon air. I can still see my school chums try to make sense of it.
I was asked in 1978 what my memories were of that day. I had attempted other ways of describing it, but the following poem finally “synthesized” it well enough for me. It has appeared in several small and academic presses. In 1983, it won the Roger and Ruth Suva Prize and was the featured poem in the American Poetry Anthology for that year.
Age of Dallas
What did it mean
To be young
In the Age of Dallas?
To come home
To the farmhouse?
Across the living room
In front of the T.V.
Re-runs of Dealey Plaza.
I remember someone
Third-grade in Corvallis
My teacher came from Austin
But the School Secretary
Came from the