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April 01, 2012


Terrific post. There's a host of poems that shift from funny to serious--that are seriously funny. Dean Young is a master of this. But so is slam poet Robbie Q Telfer--see his "Awkward Scars" at And so is this young upstart, John Keats--Keats scholar Jack Stillinger notes that the “oscillation between seriousness and hilarity, which we find throughout the letters, is one of their chief attractions to readers.” And the author of this post ain't too bad at it, either--check out the great poem "We Are Afraid," in A Gringo Like Me.

Please please don't ever again let me see you use the expression, How cool is that? It hurts me to hear you talk such hacky talk, Knox. You're better than that.

What's next? "It is what it is?!"

With much love and affection,

I went to high school with Rob. He's very funny...or, he thinks he is.

When I'm on my deathbed and my long suffering maid leans in to hear my final words, they will not be "Rosebud" but "Hee-Haw." Hee-haaaaaaw...Wonderful post by my favorite comedic poet. Please interview yourself!

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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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