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July 27, 2008


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Lovely essay. And thanks for posting that amazing portrait. It seems to come to life even on the screen. There's a Whitman mall somewhere in L.I. I wonder how many other such stops exist. Looking forward to the week!

Whitman: Sweet, man. Thanks.

Terrific piece, and one that captures the moodiness of the old Patent Office. Wouldn't Whitman have loved James Hampton's "The Throne of the Third Heavens, Nations General Assembly," a sculpture which always has seemed appropriately placed there? It's a spiritual invention, patented in the spheres. Speaking of which, my great aunt, Noma Thompson--who worked at the Patent building during the 1920s and '30s, invented an early (if not the first) changeable typewriter ribbon, the patent to which she sold for $25. How many Washington poems have been written with such a device? How many might I have written, against the comfort of that inheritance?

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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

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Pinky terrified
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