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November 22, 2008


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I love this poem. What were you, six or so, when it was first published?

Great poem. By the way I just read your Foreword to The Best American Poetry 2008. It's excellent. I especially like your comments on page xiii in the paragraph beginning with “In the teeth of an epidemic of ignorance…” I grew up, somewhat unknowingly, in the shadow of intellectual superiority and I believe acceptance and empathy are best and bring about 'the best of all possible worlds.'

Thank you, Amy and Laura. The lines posted are part seven of an eight-part poem ("The Presidential Years") that I wrote in my freshman year at Columbia. A magazine is reprinting the whole poem, and when that happens, we'll post a link here.

I like this poem. Thank you.

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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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