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August 31, 2008


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Richard Wilbur was one of the very first poets I ever met, back in 1991. I asked him all sorts of dumb questions, but instead of losing patience, he was charming and gracious and kind. A gentleman of the highest caliber.

I heard him read at West Chester this year. Of all the poetry readings I've ever been to, this was the most moving. He began it by reading a poem that he'd written following the death of his wife. Simply stunning.

Also, I didn't know he'd been a hobo in his younger years-- which makes him even more AWESOME.

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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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