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July 16, 2014


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Hooray for Brooklyn Heights - - now that's my kind of town!! (I lived on Pierrepont Street ... now I'm in Sheepshead Bay but aiming to get back to the Heights!!)

How did you happen to meet Miss Stanwyck?

David, I love Barbara Stanwyck,too. I just saw Baby Face and was wowed all over again. I thought you might like to see my Stanwyck sonnet, which is all Double Indemnity. This is from a sequence called Sonnets from the Psalms,in which all the sonnets start with a phrase from the Psalms.

I beseech thee, O Yellow Pages, help me find a number
for Barbara Stanwyck, because I need a tough broad
in my corner right now. She’ll pour me a tumbler
of scotch or gin and tell me to buck up, show me the rod
she has hidden in her lingerie drawer. She has a temper,
yeah, but her laugh could take the wax off a cherry red
Chevy. “Shoot him,” she’ll say merrily, then scamper
off to screw an insurance company out of another wad
of dough. I’ll be left holding the phone or worse, patsy
in another scheme, arrested by Edward G. Robinson
and sent to Sing-Sing, while Barb lives like Gatsby
in Thailand or Tahiti, gambling the night away until the sun
rises in the east, because there are some things a girl can be sure
of, like morning coming after night’s inconsolable lure.

Love the sonnet, Barbara. Thank you for sharing it.

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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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