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July 28, 2009


Moira! Thank you for sharing this with us. What a wonderful excerpt. John Ashbery has such a vast and generous intelligence; I could listen to him forever.
Happy Birthday JA!

Fantastic. Thanks, Moira!

It's a great interview, and a remarkably revealing one. My favorite moment is finding out that JA's Italian is good enough to read a newspaper. (I wonder when and how he worked it up.) Also, "I like feeling like a foreigner." Yes, I know that feeling.

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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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