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January 12, 2012


Any poem beginning "Fuck me now" by a woman is a shoo-in to be selected as a Best American Poem of the year.....

I can see why you would say so, Fred, and I thank you for the comment. It is often supposed that male poets and poetry editors are peculiarly susceptible to the charms and devices of female poets who write lustily -- as such poets as Olena Kalytiak Davis, Nin Andrews, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Jennifer L. Knox, Sharon Olds, Kim Addonizio, Cynthia Huntington, Deborah Landau and others have done. But the length of that partial list suggests a different explanation, and I would argue that female sexuality is an area of experience that had not until recently been explored candidly and with frank, sometimes even deliberately crude language -- and that women have taken advantage of the opportunity and given us wonderful erotic poems. I like this one a lot. But -- point of information -- poems from the BAP blog are not eligible for BAP itself unless they also appear in, or are taken from, a magazine. -- DL

"against Victorian lampposts"

love it!

This poem is in the category of "poems I wish I'd written." Awesome!

absolutely beautiful

Love love love.

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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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