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July 09, 2012


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That's such a difficult subject to write about, but Valvis does the reader better than the father in the poem ever did for the speaker by moving us through the fear and pain through shifts in time and tone.

Nicely done!

That Valvis last line is what it's all about. How poetry redeems, and it can only happen because the poet can "love anyway"

Valvis does a nice job communicating the sentiment of the poem, particularly in the last line, however some of the similes ("hissing like a snake") just come off sounding fairly trite.

Dear L:

Terrific poem. Thanks for calling it to our attention.

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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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