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November 13, 2009


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This reminds me of the conversation between Dr. Johnson and Boswell in which Johnson declared that he could have as easily entered the profession of law as the profession of letters. As Johnson put it, "A man can turn to the right as easily as to the left." To which Boswell replied by invoking the counter example of a hare, whose short front legs make for running up a hill easier than running down. So Johnson kicked Boswell in the balls.

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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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