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August 25, 2008


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Moira's poem I already knew from the wonderful collector's edition it first appeared in. (I gave it to a handful of REALLY close friends for Christmas a year or so ago--whenever it first came out.) Moira's poem reminds me that (l) sonnets are surely among the most flexible of all forms in their ability to get their arms (legs too) around any idea that takes off in more than one direction (sorry, the metaphor is now hopelessly muddled) (2) I need to get back to my own sonnet roots and re-teach myself some things which a recent prose binge has temporarily obscured (3) how great it is to have such outrageously fine poets as Moira Egan and Terry Winch guest-blogging BAP (4) how vast is the abyss between a supple beauty like Moira's sonnet and the dried and hardened outer edges of doctrinaire Neo-Formalism.

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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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