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April 08, 2012

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Merci David Lehman! When Claude du Granrut dug up Jacqueline Bouvier's bi-lingual poem, saved all these years with other precious mementos from 1949-1950, neither of us imagined it was the translation of the Johnny Mercer/ Hoagie Carmichael song performed by Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not"....Both Frederic Raphael and I missed the allusion, only Raphael thought it was "a gauche juvenile poem," and I loved the idea of Jacqueline trying her hand at writing poetry in two languages. It's wonderful to learn about the real source from you. "How Little We Know" indeed....
with appreciation,
Alice Kaplan ("Dreaming in French: the Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis")


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I left it
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of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
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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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