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January 13, 2014


Whitehead was a wise man who knew that the world had not come into being five minutes ago, with memories of the past that play us false, for such a theory implies not the chaos and anarchy of big bangs and loud whimpers but the existence of a perverse malicious spiteful deity, rather like the bad boss we have all (shudder) had to deal with at one time or another in our professional lives. Best if the lance is free, which reminds me that anyone named Lance had a head start in those days when we read Whitehead and had it on his authority that all of western philosophy is a footnote to Plato. And now I wait. Lord I wait.

Two wonderful poems. Thanks, MS and 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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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