Call and Response: Dana Gioia’s Poem, “The Letter”

I’d like to share this with you……

Jena Schwartz

Call : The Letter
by Dana Gioia

And in the end, all that is really left
Is a feeling—strong and unavoidable—
That somehow we deserved something better.
That somewhere along the line things
Got fouled up. And that letter from whoever’s
In charge, which certainly would have set
Everything straight between us and the world,
Never reached us. Got lost somewhere.
Possibly mislaid in some provincial station.
Or sent by mistake to an old address
Whose new tenant put it on her dresser
With the curlers and the hairspray forgetting
To give it to the landlord to forward.
And we still wait like children who have sent
Two weeks’ allowance far away
To answer an enticing advertisement
From a crumbling, yellow magazine,
Watching through years as long as a childhood summer,
Checking the postbox with impatient faith
Even on days when mail is never brought.


Response: The Letter

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One thought on “Call and Response: Dana Gioia’s Poem, “The Letter”

  1. Jena Strong April 17, 2014 at 9:36 am Reply

    Thank you, for sharing. I’d love to hear–what did these two poems mean for you?

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