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January 13, 2009


what does this poem mean?

The poem means what the poem says, but what the poem says depends on the poem's affirmations of nobility, than which nothing is more difficult or more necessary. There is no element more conspicuously absent from contemporary poetry than nobility.


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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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