Trung Duong is a student of mine, a double major in English and graphic design. He’s also an All-American wrestler and a terrific kid, and he’s in my poetry workshop this term.
In any case, Trung stopped by my office the other day with some questions about a poem I value very much. We talked about it, and about the ideas underlying it. It’s always great to talk about cool poems with the students — indeed, that’s a big reason I got into this racket.
A couple of days later, I found out Trung’s motivation for asking me about it.
He brought it by my office and gave me a lovely printed copy, which I’ll frame and hang in the office very soon. I’m very grateful — not just for the work, which is beautiful, but for the reminder that sometimes all the talking I’m doing gets through and that I get to share something beautiful in a way that will let it live for another generation.