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December 20, 2013


This is a great post Van. I used to work in an office staffed mostly by lawyers,economists,accountants,and engineers. There was no better way to end a conversation than to say that I was married to a poet. If people asked "What kind of poetry does he write?" I answered "The good kind." But every now and then, and actually more often than one might imagine, someone would say, "Oh, I love poetry!" and they would be somewhat up on contemporary poetry and poets. One engineer, when I asked him who his favorite poet was, said (and he seemed almost sheepish),"John Ashbery" That's when I knew that I couldn't make any assumptions about people, that their lives were more interesting and complicated than I had thought. Thank you for a great week of posts! I hope you'll come back.

Wonderful post, great observations. So true.

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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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