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January 18, 2011


I sent the link to this blog post to everyone I mentioned within it, and Gabe Fried pointed out that the person who has been responsible for Persea's growing young adult list is Karen Braziller. So here's credit where it's due. Thank you, Karen!


Hi Leslie. Nice post--again.

Some of the questions I've gotten at readings include, "Where does that poem come from?" "Did that really happen to you?" "What made you want to write about that?" In my [limited] experience, people want to know the story behind the poem, or the poet behind the poem--maybe even more than they want to hear the poem itself, alas. This goes against my own instinct not to want to talk about sources or processes or anything. I guess it's my training in the New Criticism, or a fear that too much talk about the work will somehow demystify it. But my objective is always to deepen the mystery.

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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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