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August 22, 2011


Please note that it was all inspired by the O. Henry of his age, viz. Mr. Damon Runyon...

David Rowe
"If you can't beat em: Poem."

I love watching Brando in this. He's no Sinatra, but he's game - and his performance is a good reminder never to be afraid to try something new.

My mother used to sing "A Bushel and a Peck" to my brother and me when we were little. She too was game, but let's just say she was to Brando as Brando was to Sinatra, singing-wise.

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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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