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August 26, 2014

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Poetry doesn't do anything, we do. The answer to questions like this tell us a lot more about ourselves than about poetry. Dark places, light places, horror, beauty, poetry doesn't recognize these things, we do, so the questions are for us. Poetry has its own concerns. Don't ask me what they are, because I have no idea. I know I'm participating in those concerns when I write something that's a poem, but still I don't know what it is. I've said too much...first rule of poetry, don't talk about poetry.

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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
                   

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Ringfinger was nervous
Pinky terrified
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to the rule of Thumb.

 

 


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