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March 11, 2013


There is arguably not enough pit bull in most authors. Hemingway didn't whistle while he worked, though age caught up with the old fisherman played by Spencer Tracey in the movie. Was catching the big fish a metaphor in his mind or was that a thought that could never get past his bullshit detector? Ah, but how sublime the fate of the author who "wanted to write King Lear and this was taken into consideration when he stood before the Heavenly Tribunal." The International Herald Tribune should take notice, too.

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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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Ringfinger was nervous
Pinky terrified
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