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November 09, 2008


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I like the poem -- and the inaugural capitals. Not just the fine closing couplet but the whole poem is very Audenesque, even cheekily anachronistic: "the wreckage of telegrams," calling to mind the "first spring flowers arriving smashed" while "Disaster stammered over wires" in Auden's "No Change of Place." The poem makes no effort to disguise its lineage. And I think the inaugural capitals are in keeping with that.

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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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