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December 25, 2008


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"A More Perfect Ode"

Plenty to admire in this ode, but I can't help saying I'd admire it more if the third stanza suggested "Integrity *lies* / in a whole greater than its parts," rather than "lays." I wouldn't mind the resulting slant rhyme (or the fleeting suggestion, that integrity itself might lie). But I do mind what I read as the mis-use here of "lays."

I'm more than willing to have someone correct me on this point. One of the things I love about Obama is that he respects the language. Seems to me I owe it to the ode to raise this small question here

Yours in the common pursuit,


I like the opening line to the Gwynn poem: "Lord, Whom we may not mention/By name"

It captures beautifully the small, petty, peevish and disgruntled snarkiness of the conservative mind. (Although I don't suppose that's what he meant to do.)

But they're entitled, I guess: They f**king lost.

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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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