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January 03, 2010


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I love this poem and editor Patricia Carlin's explication of its merits. Thank you.

Could this poem not also be read literally: the turbulence and pressure drop real, the islands lost in cloud cover, the oily velour of the water just below, the industrial music the strain of the jet engines, the narrator playing solitaire to calm her (quantam) jitters when she turns over the "panic" card?

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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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