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July 09, 2013


I reckon no poet understood the allure (however false) of the non-working life as well as Larkin. Think of "Toads" and "Poetry of Departures". That's why he can write so sympathetically of someone as distant from him as Thompson.
Great post, John.

Poor Francis Thompson. No one reads "The Hound of Heaven," nowadays. Like Coleridge, he was profoundly religious and therefore a deeply guilt-ridden laudanum addict. I love the way today's post complements yesterday's. Well done, Sir John!

Another thoughtful post complementing yesterday's much-needed meditation on an important subject too frequently overlooked in lit'ry circles: the "jobs report," as economists and financial news junkies are frank enough to call it. Thank you, John. -- DL

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"After You've Gone"
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of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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