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January 05, 2010


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Excellent point to make, re: the intention of the poem--should it be an honest assessment of the way things are, or something else...

Jason, You must be a wonderful teacher. I like what you say about the poems not being "necessary." And making your students defend the poems they love is a brilliant strategy.
I'm also grateful that in my younger "dance it out" days there was no YouTube. You're right though, your dancing man is perfect.

I'm with you on that Jason, dance it out. I'm also a firm believer in dancing it in, a way to internalize rhythm and harmony and a kind of wholeness. But that's me. Dancin with myself. Thanks for the youtube and cher.

Thanks for the post & links!

Yes, dance it out! And BTW I have a feeling that most of us, when spending a sizable amount of time abroad, suddenly become aware of an affection we have for some aspect of American pop culture that we took for granted or never really cared for that much when at home. It happened to me. Stands to reason, no?

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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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Ringfinger was nervous
Pinky terrified
when they learned
that Hand might succumb
to the rule of Thumb.



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