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March 17, 2007


Steven Sashen

I was never much of a poetry fan.

A friend invited me to see Allen and I said "yes," mostly out of politeness and, in part, to see what all the fuss was about.

Even without his harmonium, the way he spoke was the most moving, dramatic, musical, electrifying... EVERYTHING... I had ever experienced.

I spent 2 hours, slackjawed, blown away, shocked, amazed, hysterical...

This was not too long before Allen died and that I passed up on myriad opportunities to see him in the prior years remains one of my few regrets.

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