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September 27, 2008


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Thank you very much for posting my poem. I've always wanted to be invited to the yearly ball hosted by The Best American Poetry. And even if it's probably now a sure thing I'll never step foot into the actual mansion, at least I can say I had a moment out in its blog shed. As Cavafy said, if with a touch of condescension, to the obscure, despairing poet: just to be on the second step, why, that's a lot!

For the handful who might be interested, the poem is included in my new book, Homage to the Last Avant-Garde (Shearsman Books, UK). Many of the poems therein reference members of the NY School, thus, in part, the book's title, a nod of homage to David Lehman's terrific The Last Avant-Garde (though I sure wish he would have spent more time discussing Barbara Guest--and David Shapiro, too).


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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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This Way Out

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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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