I have struggled with whether to -- or not to --
publish some of Joe's poems.

Joe never wanted to go public;
for Joe, nothing he wrote was "good enough" or finished.
For me, the realization of how dead
dead really is, helped in my decision.
The idea of a part of Joe on a printed page
in a book began to excite me,
as well as others who loved him.
In this way he lives for us --
for his children and their children,
for his friends and their children.

Estelle Lerner