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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Phenomenon that is Scott Lentine

Recently I had the happy luck to meet Scott Lentine, a young man who works at ArcMass, and who has autism. Scott was at the Current Trends in Autism conference with his mom, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to them both. Scott is a poet whom lately has been circulating his poems broadly and deeply among the autism intelligentsia, as well as Sacha Pfeiffer of NPR. Today he sent me his latest poem, and it takes me right back to my summers on Cape Cod. I want everyone to see it and fall in love with summer, and this young man’s wide open heart:

Marshfield Memories poem

Today is a beautiful day on the beach
There are plenty of people and dogs to see
The water is warm and the sky is bright
And seeing some people flying a kite

I am having a fun time with cousins and friends
Hoping that this day will never end
The ocean and sands are comfortable and feel so right
Talking a walk towards Brant Rock in the strong sunlight

Now it is the evening of the third of July
Watching the amazing fireworks from the seawall go by
Talking with family about the latest moments of the day
And meeting some new friends along the way

It was a great time on the beach today
Reading a book and going into the ocean on a bright clear day
These are moments that I will remember for a long time
Being on the beach on a nice warm day is truly sublime

–Scott Lentine


Three little words: Thanks for sharing.

I have a 9-year-old friend with Asperger’s who inadvertently paraphrased Picasso when he realized that “A joke is a llie.”

Cordially, pk

— added by Paul Krassner on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thank you Susan and Paul,
It is nice to get praise from a legendary social commentator and comedian like Paul. I am also a big fan of Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black, and of course, George Carlin. Paul, I believe the best comedian to come from the Boston area recently has been Bill Burr, with Louis C.K. close behind. Susan, I hope Nat gets to cherish these poems for a lifetime. I hope to see you again soon either before the year ends or in the new year and Happy Chanukah to you and your family!

— added by Scott on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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