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January 27, 2009


As usual, Laura's taste in poetry is what is needed to describe any occasion. Updike's death is painful because he has been around always, every visit to the local library, he dominated the U section. I actually liked his novels better than his verse...but this one posted here sends him out with love and style.

I learned this poem in high school and my teacher had us read it along with Houseman's "To An Athlete Dying Young" (compare and contrast). Thanks for reminding me of this. I've long been an admirer of Updike's poems. His death is a great great loss.

My favorite poem by Updike is still "Dog's Death," though I like this one just fine. We'll miss him. Fair winds and following sails, Mr. Updike; it's been a pleasure.

Anne Caston

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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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