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October 04, 2010


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This poem reminds me of the poem "Casey at the Bat." Is that deliberate?

This is heartbreaking. Bravo.

Thanks, Laura! And yes, B., this plays off the famous poem by E. L. Thayer. In fact, there's a whole series of Casey poems; the U of Chicago Press has a great book, "The Annotated Casey at the Bat," which brings about twenty or so of them together, as I recall. The last one is Casey at 70, who returns to hit a home run three miles or more to win the game--and then, in the locker room afterwards, chatting with reporters, tells them about his "goat gland" operation that has restored his youth and virility!

Casey on steroids?

Ha. That's one for you to do. Maybe denying it to a congressional committee?

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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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