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November 12, 2012


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Nice piece, Michael. It makes me nostalgic for that time, not long ago, when bookstores were a central locus of our creative lives. Now there are only a handful of bookshops left in the DC area, with Bridge Street Books and Politics & Prose being the most notable. It's just very strange. My first job when I first moved here decades ago was in a bookstore, where I stayed for 4 years; and most of my fellow poets in these parts also worked in bookstores back then. Alas, that bookstore culture, which you are still part of, is fast heading towards extinction.

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
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