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July 03, 2012


#2 (on your list) says it all, David. I, too, am eager to read the piece.

You nailed exactly the reasons why I am not reading it. I'm completely over this discussion and all the attendant predictible responses. Does the question just inhabit different writers like a spirit and recreate itself via new conduits? I'm bored to even think about my own past compromises and those of my husband and family. I would hate to listen to myself talk about it!

As Steven Wright said, "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?"

Well, I don't know about all that, but the thing that really gets me is women
ALWAYS leave the seat down after they go to the bathroom, they NEVER put it
back up, even though they might very well be sharing living space with a man,
and they KNOW he likes to play "aerial bombardment" on the cigarette butts in
the toilet. It's VERY inconsiderate.

Yes way I say

Can I just sit in your chair, since you won't be there. You have a chair, right? I promise not to talk. I just want to sit and learn. This is my first and decided to go a couple of days ago and holy Moses I need someone to point to a chair and say, "just learn!"

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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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