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August 09, 2011


"Spiritually anemic" is a good way to put it. I find my capacity for joy is limited by my willingness and ability to feel rage, too; and anger, sadness, hopelessness, desperation. But we prefer an ethos of disembodied civility, where the promise of not having to have one's heart broken daily justifies the narrow joy of merely not suffering.

"disembodied civility" and "the narrow joy of merely not suffering"... very well put, Alex!

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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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