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April 29, 2012

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This is a wonderful reminder of a terrific evening. I'm just sorry I had to run out without having a chance to get Mr. Gioia to sign my book. Thanks.

Dana Gioia is the subject of my doctoral dissertation. As a previous BAP guest blogger, I immediately recognized in his poetry what I admire so much in others': sly wit, deft rhyme, ensorceling rhythm, capacious knowledge, irrepressible curiosity, and an unbudgeable commitment to the right word in the right place at the right time. Bravo, David, for distilling Dana's verse skills and myriad achievements so effectively.

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