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September 12, 2011


I love The Dyer's Hand and I especially love the essay The Poet and the City. Doesn't he say elsewhere (in the book but maybe not that essay) that in the ideal city all statues should be of chefs? Auden is always relevant. Thanks.

Let me add my thanks to Stacey's, Dan. I love Auden's essays and the ones that kick off "The Dyer's Hand" are particularly great. DL

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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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