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February 29, 2012


I enjoyed this! The picture of Lowell and Bishop reminds me of how special it is to find another poet you can form a true friendship with. It also reminds me of the time Lowell and Bishop were at Yaddo, I believe, and Lowell got so drunk that Bishop and Hardwick had to scoop him up in a wheel barrow and roll him back to his room. Ah, friends!

Megin: yes yes yes! That's all. Loving your posts. :-)

Must add that I have experienced a bemusing shift in the dynamic you describe with regard to Being a (f'ing) Poet in situations such as Extended Family Gatherings. My parents have stopped worrying about when I'm going to get a real job, stopped saying "artistic temperament" as an insult, and stopped asking me things like "why do you waste your time writing when it obviously makes you miserable? you have children. You have too much on your plate already. why not just... stop?"

Now, they not only jump to rearrange their schedules to help cover my Mom Job so I can go to conferences or retreats -- they brag. It's really cute.

Thank you for taking the time to comment, Caroline and Amy, it's so nice to hear some responses!

Caroline, it is the sweetest photo, it makes me wonder what they were talking about, strolling along the beach. The book of their correspondence is on my "to read" shelf.

Amy, that's a lovely change to witness! Writing was always so private for me, but I'm realizing more & more that it's important to figure out ways to live it out in the world of other people, though it's hard.

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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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