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August 27, 2008


Really good poem. Touching and sad, but also pretty, like a universal love affair: "The snow is in their hair." I can relate!

that was the worst poem i have ever heard. sorry but yeah that is stupid and the phrases just dont even work. they do say that practice makes perfect but damn. i guess keep working on it? is it a story or a rhyme poem or what? its like a book that makes no sense!

Come on, Kyle. Did you eat the wrong thing for breakfast today or what? This poem makes plenty of sense and is very touching -- and as a guy I am sympathetic to the guy point of view. Didn't this poem seem real to you?

Wow that Poem was horrible.!!!

Please allow me to point out that criticism is constructive analysis. The two comments asserting the sub-par quality of this poem seems to me neither constructive nor analytic: what exactly is stupid, and what exactly didn't work? This is a creation of an artist who passed the test (as evidenced by that this poem is, in fact, published); plainly asserting "this poem is horrible" doesn't seem very effective in any regard. If the poem seemed horrible, perhaps the poet would like to know why it was horrible. If there is nothing to be pointed out, perhaps the poem isn't horrible.

I thought it was beautiful.

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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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