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August 05, 2014


Thank you for posting this! After Ferlinghetti and Ginsburg, Perrine's SOUND AND SENSE was an entryway for me, and this poem blazed its way into me; I don't think I consciously remember any of the others in that textbook. I read this over and over my first year in college; I went to a land-grant college where ROTC was mandatory. At one point in my life, then, I could take apart and put back together an M-1 rifle blindfolded; we never saw an M-16, the weapon of choice in Vietnam, because they were meant for use, not instruction.

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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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