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July 29, 2009


Back when I was an altar boy, I thought "Mass Avenue" was a workload.

"Nearby a young woman is fixing her stocking.
Watching her, a chap with a hat
Is about to walk into the path of a speeding
hackney cabriolet ..."

- "The Skaters"

How did you know?

In every cathedral, somebody is always intent on distinguishing himself from the masses.

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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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