THE LETTER FROM JAMES FOLEY
after Melissa Bloch’s NPR interview with Diane Foley, August 28, 2014
August 31, 2014
Lynne Knight: “Hearing Diane Foley speak of the letter from her son that his friend Daniel memorized to bring out of captivity and ‘deliver’ to her, I thought she herself must have the letter by heart now. In responding to her gratitude for this unexpected gift (her word), a pantoum seemed the right form to use, given its repetitions and its ending that returns to the beginning.” (website)
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