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February 28, 2013


My favorite Spenser sonnet is the one you quote, the one beginning "One day I wrote her name upon the strand." How nice to see his lines. I think he may give John Dryden a run for the money as the most neglected and underrated of the all-time greats in English poetry. BTW, a village slightly to the north and east of Ithaca is Dryden, NY -- and I have long felt that the Dryden Hotel on its main street should have a copy of Dryden's poems instead of (or in addition to) the Gideon Bible in each room. There is also a Spencer, NY, near Ithaca, but it's spelled wrong. -- DL

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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

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