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November 19, 2009


Whoa!! "Intermediate" is pure magic. Thanks for posting this. And for generally being fabulous.

Mr. Benediktsson's poem surprises me. I have known Mrs. Benediktsson for several years and I recall her saying that although she is troubled about the lack of religion and the computers being thrown about, she has never seen Mr. Benediktsson with his fly tied.

Gorgeous poems here! Thanks for posting.

So glad to know about this site. "Intermediate" is wonderful. Where can we see more by Tom Benediktsson?

Lovely poems, especially the one by the guy who embraces mediocrity. Although there's nothing mediocre about the poem. It's a celebration!

I enjoyed all of the poems, thank you for this great posting. It's so refreshing to come to this site and be connected with beautiful poetry, and I particularly appreciate Tina Kelley's guest blogs this week.

Wheatlands by Judith Skillman: tranquil, languid. It reminded me of the calm I felt when traveling across the country and spent some time in Montana, nestled in sleepy towns are people of hard work.

Intermediate by Tom Benedicktsson: I LOVED this poem and read it three times in a row, relishing the straightforward honesty and wry, firm humor: a poem as a portrait of a well lived life, and the last line is rich, surprising reward... every time I read it I smiled and laughed. What a wonderful poem.

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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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