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Editor's Commentary on “Grandpa Teddy”

 , January 17, 2014

This week, we publish “Grandpa Teddy” by David Haughey. In this pocket -sized poem, Haughey use sparseness and apt description to engrave the image of his grandfather, a strong business man who loses his identity as he loses his strength. The poet employs many techniques to leave an impression that lingers even after we put the poem away: the tight phrasing, the utilization of white space, the implied meaning of what remains unwritten. “Grandpa Teddy” is a nostalgic little poem that deserves to be carried in our pockets and read again.


Bryan Sisk
Deputy Editor, The Living Hand