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November 21, 2010


Stacey and Max, thanks so much for your attention to this fine man. Steve was a guy who didn't hang out much in the poetry boardroom, but he was nevertheless a huge influence in so many other, more meaningful ways. Thanks again. I'm one of Steve's many former students who appreciate what you're doing here.

I'm another of his students, at Warren Wilson, ten years ago. Steve was an incredible teacher--he had moved through so much within himself that he could hold space for whatever a student wanted to explore. He never judged, never criticized, but was so gentle and deep that when he told me I didn't have any music in my poems, it came not as a cut but as an invitation, like "hey, let's look at this and explore. That's what he was about: the explore.

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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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