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January 30, 2014


Hannah, I am thrilled to read your essay. . . . I live in Madison, am an enormous Packers fan, and a Russell Wilson worshipper. . . . This past football season I experienced a lot of people scratching their heads: HOW CAN YOU LIKE FOOTBALL?
My poems are telling me why, and your words do too.
Thank you--

Just to let you know I loved your blog and posted it to the Fbook page I moderate...Poetry Express.

I love this, both for its structure and content, together it is magic

Beautiful thoughtful skillful subtle and most of all it vindicates a guilty pleasure. (Go Peyton!)

boys have been waxing poetic about sports for generations (for baseball, check out Peter Gammons, Donald Hall; the saint, Roger Angell; and the nut, George Will); now girls are witnessing the Platonic forms and perfections. i truly appreciate the passion here, and I mean that; but i don't buy it at all. the true nature of football is seen in places like Steubenville, Ohio, and Las Vegas.

Brilliant. I especially appreciate the Time Out on racism.

Steubenville, Ohio, is to Dean Marin as Hoboken, New Jersey, is to Frank Sinatra. Just sayin'.

Not Belly Check: Okay, this is, technically, true; but remember, Dean starred in KISS ME,STEUBENVILLE with Kim Novak, whereas Frank didn't get the girl in FROM LEAR TO ETERNITY, a fairly decent remake of the classic.

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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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