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January 09, 2010


Wondrous this translation that captures the heroic measure of the Latin.

I second the motion. "Crete of the one hundred noble cities" is grand, as is the invocation of the "charming wine god." Shades of Callimachus -- or Pound and Robert Fitzgerald. Heroic is the right word for the elegiac mode: "the shriveled tits of the eunuchs /whose mosquito netting ripples and flows in sunlight / among the dishonored standards."

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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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