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March 22, 2011


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Sorry to say that my agent has already signed me to host "It Was Raining in the Capital," a meteorological/metaphorical report on the weather in DC and in Ashbery's poems. We are expecting inclemency and calling for high and low fronts.

What about a "poetry news desk" or "Weekend Update" like SNL? A show called "Being John Ashbery"? An ecological poet, based on Ernie Kovacs' Percy Dovetonsils, named Dudley Dingleberry, who has a show called THE OBJECTIVE CORRELATIVE, a la Stephen Colbert; the only poetry he likes is by "Jonathan Donne." He thinks Keats is for wimps who like "patisseries."

Seriously, some homage to Poets' Theater--many of us could write things, and would love to. I bet the NYS poet community-at-large could come up with some amazing acting talent, for brief skits, sketches, one-acts plays. David could do a Hitchcock cameo of getting shut out by a bus; it could be the lead-in to each "episode."


An ongoing schtick could be song parodies; I have some; Stacey does; Denise Duhamel. Poets could sing their own parodies.

Actual interviews: Sandy McClatchy on his librettos, DL on songsters; John A., Mark Strand, others, on their paintings, collages, photographs. This could be a LOT of fun.

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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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