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July 29, 2008


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Terry - that night you read Forgiveness at NYU Glucksman IH you bought down the house -I believe Garrison Keillor read the same on his Poetry Corner. Garrison is a longtime favorite of mine but hearing him after you is like seeing a movie after you read the book. I loved the piece on Sunday about our own Walt Whitman and the G-9 poem by Tim Dlugos is truely a masterpiece.

Thanks for introducing us to James Liddy. I like the poem! Interesting you mention Michael Lally. Last night by chance I was reading Toby Thompson's book about the 1960s ("The Sixties Report") and there was Michael, in the section entitled "Sex," enlivening pages with his charismatic presence. BTW MW's "movie after the book" compliment is a beaut.

A brilliant, radically underpublished Irish-American poet, the late Michael Egan, used to debate with me the relative repressiveness of Irish Catholicism and Orthodox Jewish teachings. He came down strongly on the side of the latter being the more repressive; I had a fairly open mind, being neither Irish Catholic nor Jewish, so the debate was largely onesided, with me occasionally muttering something about the noteworthy randiness of poetry from both camps. Looking back, however, I wonder what examples I would have been able to muster in terms of highly erotic Orthodox Jewish poetry. I mean, Solomon and who else?


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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Ringfinger was nervous
Pinky terrified
when they learned
that Hand might succumb
to the rule of Thumb.



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