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August 17, 2012


Haute props to Bryan C for the use of "dysphoric"; post of the day imo. Dysphoria is the colossus.

Rhymes with "scarf" ("like a scarf") and "barf." In the 1970s, the most poetic phrase you could safely get away with was "like a scarf." It took the 1980s to lend poetic value to a crudity like "barf." Keep the aspidistra turning! Keep up the good flarf!

Is that what happened? He beeped when he should have bopped?

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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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