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January 05, 2010


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Thank you so much for posting the poem by Humbert Wolfe. I had never seen that one and it is both delightful AND chilling. I also was glad to spend some time again with Dee Snodgrass' poem (part of it anyway) and to recall what a fine corpus of work he left to us.

Thanks, Laura!

Well what a good article.One of the best. Maybe you can make a career through WIKIPEDIA. LAst night Charlie Rose did a roster of those who died in 2009.Very interesting. First I adore Dee Snodgrass and will send this to Kathy Snodgrass. Nice to see him every time he is mentioned,
Hollywoodland--my remembrance of that film was troubling in that the good detective wound up a deadbeat at the end ,no better than at the beginning.It worried me about freelancers -- no salaries and health care... and they get beat up a lot too.

And my dad's birthday. Thanks Laura.

George Reeves had a memorable role in an I Love Lucy episode. Lucy promised Little Ricky that "Superman" would come to his birthday party (a promise intended to lure L.R.'s friends from another kid's party). She found out Superman wasn't available, so she dressed as the big guy (long underwear, football helmet, etc.). Trouble ensued when the real Superman showed up.

Thanks for the reminder of one of my favorite Lucys, Laura.

for me the george reeves story is most important. i've heard several interviews with the fellow who played jimmy olsen in the show. he may also be dead now, god forbid. he believed reeves was murdered, as i recall. i think i've seen all the superman tv shows, though i only remember a few. lois lane (played first by phyllis coates, then by noel neill as many bores have pointed out) was really hot in both incarnations. now i actually think it was noel neill who recently passed on. "all roads lead to rome."

Great post. I got to know Dee Snodgrass when I was living in Ithaca and he spent a year there. And I met Jimmy Olsen, who was part of the Frank O'Hara circle, while I was working on "The Last Avant-Garde." My favorite episode of "Superman" was when Jimmy decided that he wanted to be a shamus in the manner of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe, and Clark and Lois had to rescue him from some hairy predicament.

January 5 is my oldest daughter's birthday too. Great piece, Laura.

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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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