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September 19, 2010


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I saw Joey Bishop walking around Manhattan one morning. He got into a car on Robert Lowell and they turned down Phil Levine and disappeared.

"I love my ceiling more since it is a dancing floor," he sang. They were both right. And though the Dodgers bowed to the Chisox 11-0 in game one, they won four of the next five games in convincing fashion.

As I recall, Ernie Koufax and Don "Edie" Adams combined on a one-hitter against the Muriel Airtips. This was a-ways back; I don't expect a young 'un like Gilbert to remember. I think it was the year Larry "Moe" Durrell won the National League Book Award for the "Nairobi Quartet." Don Justine shouted, "Play Balthazar!" and Dusty
"Revolutionary" Rhodes won the peanut with a walk-off poem run.

"James" Joyce said to Capt Furillo, "Hey, Pizza Man, remember what Meyer Wolfsheim told Jay Gatz: 'Only gonnect,' even though reports of 'Howard's End' were greatly exaggerated." But George Karl Marx--a descendant of the famous Victorian religious leader, and also the only socialist basketball coach in the NBA--cried out, "My heart belongs to Daddy Lipscomb," and moved to Sweden where they have socialized medicine balls. Meanwhile, Tom cruelly leveraged his body into Daisy, who sang, "Nick, Nick, bo-bick, banana fanna fo-fick, fee fie mo-mick--Nick!" And the lights all went out in Massachusetts.

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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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