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December 02, 2010


A most enjoyable post -- as all of yours are -- and I feel especially appreciative not only because I, too, recently had to endure the bag-of-frozen-peas treatment for a broken toe but because of the voice, your voice ("like Joan Rivers if she had smoked a carton of Marlboros") and because it's a pleasure to see Noah and Joan of Arc unite in the sensibility of Denise Duhamel. My best answer to your question of the night: wreck the poem -- scramble the lines, run the poem backwards, omit every second line (or every second word),change every noun arbitrarily or by use of an OULIPO method -- then see what remains and take it from there.

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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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