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January 20, 2010


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I love these observations about Don Juan. You've given me a new way to think about this poem, which I love. For a few months, I read it every day during my morning and evening subway commute and at times it did get my heart racing. But I was so involved in the story that I didn't pay attention to the methods at work (aside from the obvious of the form itself, if that makes sense). (The title of our food column "Much Depends on Dinner" is from Don Juan. Guess which canto . . )

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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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