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April 27, 2010


This is incredible. They said all those things to YOU!? I am starting to compose my last words now to make your list someday!

I get around...

This is super! Thanks so much for posting--

Caligula said: I still live! Poetry!

Thoreau said the bit about moose, indian.

Edgar Allan Poe: had to be: "Now I shall go to sleep. Good night."

or maybe Poe said "Lord help my poor soul."

or maybe "I see black light."

O'Neill: Hotel room.

Emily: "I don't want to go home in the dark." (I think?)

Joan C: "God will pardon me; that's His line of work."

Fairbanks: I've never felt better.

Crawford said the bit about not asking God for anything. That had to have been she. It's bitter enough for her.

"Codeine...bourbon..." .... at first I thought, Leary, but Leary was more of a space case than a boozer or opiate addict. I dunno .... who, in the list, lived in the time of popular, available codeine (like in the 70s)? hmmm.... maybe Leary after all.

"Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub." gotta be Hilton!

"I must go in. The fog is rising." -- sounds like Joyce

"Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough." -- sounds like Pope

That's all I got.

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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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