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December 04, 2011


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In all fairness to Ruskin, everyone from that time period looks like they just shanked a teenager.

What a fantastic opening to this (now no longer "this," I suppose) week of blog posts-- I love the swag of pictures, the ideas, and most of all the spirit. Savage, rude, failing, joyous, funny, baroque, learned, unstinting. What a draught of happiness the words here bring. "Enthusiasm"--without which, we might as well be typists in an office pool. A perfect, and perfectly needed subject. Thank you, Brian, and Best American Poetry, for doing this series.

Oh,thank YOU, Jane, and if readers suspect a little bit of logrolling, you're probably right--take a look at the conversation I had with the most enthusiastic of us all, Jane, Jane:

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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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