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April 03, 2009


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Excellent poem. One question nags at me: how do you "cradle a nun in your hands"? Is that a nod in Auden's direction?

I try to live my life and go about my days not thinking about that broom or that nun but I have to admit it's not easy. Not easy at all...


Thanks for the comments. I love Auden, but the nun is just a stand-in for a gun.

Ugh! How boring, more drivel the Master's of the Fine Farts mill I bet.

In Master of Fine Arts programs--particularly in those that nourish creative writers--students learn how to complete sentences. Perhaps, Roslyn, you could give one a try if you meet the minimum qualifications (usually, these involve some competence in written English).

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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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