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August 26, 2008


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Has "share" been corrupted beyond redemption? I like a line in a poem by Cincinnati native William Matthews: "Let me share this knife with your throat," said Mackie.

I know; it's hard to squeeze even a laugh out of it anymore. Not like Bill's line, which is funny because of an edge of terror the poet himself inspires: I only met him once, but I wouldn't have been surprised to find him holding a knife along my throat. Way unlike me, of course; I'm totally non-violent. For the longest time. Really. And that last thing wasn't even my fault.

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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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