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August 10, 2011


Lovely post Jessica - brings back some wonderful memories. I appreciate your characterization of how wised-up wisecracks feel impoverished in a setting like that. (And, like you, i like the wisecracks!) It's amazing how much we can squirm when somebody asks us to talk simply about something that matters.

"to talk simply about something that matters" -- well put, Susan! It's amazing how rarely we're called on to do that in our daily lives, isn't it?
Glad you enjoyed the trip down memory lane, Sue!

This post aroused a "now I get it" moment. Several years ago David and I were in Moscow for a poetry festival. One night, at a big dinner with many poets, the Georgian contingent began making a series of toasts and following each with a shot of vodka. I couldn't understand what they were saying but there seemed to be an element of one-upmanship going on. For some reason, one of the poets, an especially large and rather threatening fellow, grew interested in David, more so with each toast (and shot). David felt compelled to match him shot for shot while his "plussed" wife looked on. Unpleasantness ensued. .

Jessica, I'm with Sue here: what a beautiful, nuanced, limpid, lovely post about things that matter. With or without the vodka. To friendship, indeed.

Stacey: That's too funny! I like thinking of what it would mean for you to be a 'plussed' wife looking on... And I can only imagine what might have ensued!

Jim! Thanks so much. You're a pal.

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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

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