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February 17, 2012


Thanks for these recommendations. This has been a terrific week of posts. I'm with you here but for Sasha Frere Jones whose New Yorker pieces disappoint me every time with their clunky writing. I'm moved to comment having just struggled to get past the opening sentence of his most recent review (where's the editor?) only to read his opinion that an "artist" who titles a new single "I Love My Bitches" is "growing as a writer." Really?

I agree with Marissa. The New Yorker's hip-hop critic's writing leaves something to be desired. (He has "won" several informal worst-sentence-of-the-week competitions.) But let me also second Marissa's more important point -- that it's been a terrific week of posts. --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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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