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June 26, 2010


Wonderful week of posts, Greg! "Solastalgia" is an apt description, but feels both melancholy and passive at a time when I am looking for language that will inspire action!!!

It could be endlessly interesting to think of O'Hara and the possibility for Solastalgia, especially in light of his (in)famous statement: "I can't even enjoy a single blade of grass unless I know there's a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life." He might be more solastalgiac for the loss of the V train or Albee Sq. and in terms of urban pastoral that might be completely appropriate.

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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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