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June 02, 2014


Great post. I love the "jeopardy" form as it happens (see entries under "Multiple Choice" and "Brainteasers" in our archive), and you do it splendidly. I love (and did not know) the stanza you quote from Sandburg's poem for Gene Kelly ("“Lines Written for Gene Kelly To Dance To”) and believe that we should print it in its entirety if it is not unusually long -- for my sake and that of a friend, a major Kelly aficionado. Is "The Color of Pomegranates" really the best movie about a poet? I will certainly plan to see it. In my mind "Bright Star," though I enjoyed it, did not shine so bright as to defeat all other contenders -- unless Byron and Shelley, both of whom would seem to lend themselves to cinematic treatment, did not stimulate any filmmaker enough or got into movies merely by way of being, in Byron's case, an adjunct to a fair Lady who thought him "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." Thank you, Mindy, for giving us so much to think about.

Like the "black swan" project, particularly relishing that there are two (c) options. That Merrill poem is pretty spectacular. But please explain the philosophical dilemma exemplified by "all swans are white" versus "all ravens are black," OK?

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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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