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December 06, 2011


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What a wonderful insightful commentary. A poet as cultural critic is a contribution to culture and poetry (and now theater.)

You're absolutely right, Laura; but your hesitation at the beginning: did you
see it at 17 with your first love? You couldn't have, or the word "cheeseball"
would never be mentioned in the same breath! By the way, I have that original
soundtrack, on scratchy vinyl.

No, alas, I didn't see it when in love. I first heard the song on bad TV variety shows in the late 1960s. Which of course is an artistic and a moral lesson for us all.

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"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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