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January 12, 2009


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I am going to have a hard time describing my reaction to this. First, I'm struck by how young he looks and also relaxed though my memory and just about everything I've learned about the man says he was not relaxed at all, especially when among a lot of people. Also, it arouses feeling of nostalgia and that I cannot explain. This is an amazing piece of history. Yes, let's move on! By the way, I saw Frost/Nixon, the play and the film, and thought both were terrific. Anyone else?
Thanks for finding this Mitch. I'll watch it again.

Whittier College-Nixon's alma mater-is indeed a remarkable place. I taught there from 2005-2006 in the Freshman Writing Seminars where I worked with a wonderful class of rising football stars, exchange students, and others--all of them called "The Poets". If you want a sports t-shirt, cheering on Poetry in a Big Way, check out the Whittier Web site (

The sports teams pay tribute to founder John Greenleaf Whittier, poet and abolitionist. I love the "Fear the Poets" t-shirt:

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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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