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August 11, 2009

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What a heartbreaking poem. Lovely. Thanks for posting it.

I agree with LO. I included "The Player Piano" in "The Oxford Book of American Poetry." Thanks for posting it, DY.

That is a stunning poem, David. Thank you for putting it in front of us again.

What deep thoughts he had. Randall Jarrell must have had one cerebral afternoon when he wrote this poem. The second line "Run by a lady my age. She was gay." initially brought a silent grin. It's just that the word "gay" means so different now.

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