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February 21, 2010


<> I love it! Thank you for this well-argued column -- and for drawing attention to Richard Kenney's fine poem. As for your being a novice at this medium, Malachi: you're a natural.

Malachi, even without arguing in court, you make good arguments. And convincing and moderate. It seems you are not the hysterical
"kind." I grew up and thought that everyone in the world was memorizing Blake and Milton,
just as one hated Senator Joseph McCarthy. Poetry
was first for me propaganda also against segregation and slums. Self-pity was much later.Reception criticism has a few goals, and one is to teach us numbers are not everything. Veblen might tease us that our art
is not cheap but may appear to be so.
{Particularly to those who think the earth is cheap.Your friends from far from Texas.DS

Thank you both for your kind words!

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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

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