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August 31, 2010


This puts me in mind of several things:

1. I'm listening to Sea Change by Beck and that album is so good that it almost causes me to reconsider the merits of Scientology, almost.

2. I can name at least one person who's ass was saved by Helen Vendler in writing their Master's thesis.

3. Keats often makes me cry. There he was, quite possibly the greatest poet the English language has even known, and he died so young. But he knew he would die young, and that word, "firmament," provides infinite solace to the sadness of the brevity of Keats' life.

4. Changing form is indeed an act of self-harm. How I wish all writers who ever wished to harm themselves would read this excerpt and try a new line break.

5. I'll conclude with Borges, who is very much on my mind of late: "Personally, I am a hedonistic reader; I have never read a book merely because it was ancient. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism." That quote is from a critical essay entitled Divine Comedy, or perhaps just the Commedia. Just as Borges advised me personally ("I would like to tell you—since we are among friends, and since I am talking not to all of you, but rather to each one of you") not to deprive myself of the pleasure of reading the Commedia, I would like to advise you not to miss the pleasure of reading that essay.

Thank you very much Dante for such an excellent excerpt,

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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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