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November 08, 2012


Jenny, it took me a while to get all the way down to the point where you ask forgiveness for reciting Frost. Know why? Because first I recited the poem in an old-man voice, which I love to do, and then recited it trying to imitate Frost's voice, which I also love to do. And just happily playing in my little sandbox of sound. Then I finished and realized, oops. Anyway, you're forgiven. WAY forgiven! :-))

I'm so glad you loved the poem, Jim. Fun to imagine you reading it in the many voices. I was itching to post it for over a week, but I have no "right' to it, you know, since here the temperature is about 70. Yesterday morning, though, we had winds, winds like those that sent our electrical wires down for 8 days just one year ago last Thur. Funny how we can only ever imagine (and those imaginings aren't true except by accident; mostly they are inventions) what the reality is for anyone else. I hope your reality is fall-beautiful. Always always always so good to hear from you! xo

I've heard a lot of talk about word play and semantics. Fine. Anyone interested in what it might be about, beyond the obvious?

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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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