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August 29, 2011


The deliciousness of that vegetable, roasted in the oven with a little sea salt and olive oil, is enough to distract you from the concrete memories of an uncle who deserves much more than an upscale obliteration of slip, slidin' okra. What a marvelous ode to this lowly Southern delicacy.

"Lowly"? Not at all. But I hope Mr. Lehman, Mr. Young (who edited this year's BEST AMERICAN POETRY anthology itself), and Ms. Trethewey had a Big Time this past weekend, some advance details about which I posted on the "Notes on the State of Poetry" page on Facebook:

Roy Blount, Jr.'s "Song to Okra" is far superior.

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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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