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December 24, 2008


Jenny--thanks for posting this! I had been reading that crown by Ms. Hacker and got some shivers -- and now I feel an inspiration coming on via Mr. Herbert. Happy holidays!

Hey Moira--your most recent photo made me hunger for places where old really means old. Lighting the hanukkah candles here. Isn't that Hacker sequence LOVELY. So glad you know it!

What a great poem--a curious and inspiring structure.

Thanks, Amy. I shared this form recently with some good poet-friends some of whom seem to be trying it.... Maybe I'll post some examples in this comments section (with their permission) if any of them turn out especially well. I'll even try it myself. Perhaps you'd like to give it a go?

Any examples?

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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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