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November 17, 2012


Beautiful poem! The stanza ending "other than one's wife" is outstanding, creating a closure so fine it surprised me to find the poem continuing. DL

yes, I was really taken with the poem...and the panel...and the book itself.

and yes, the motion forward after that stanza feels *bold*...for me, that was narratively successful...the being driven forward from that shame, across that room, under a gaze, and then into the process of submersion.

of course, the beauty of poetry read aloud is that as readers, we *must* go on, because our ears are open (ears being what Avivah Zornberg describes as one of the three involuntary organs--along with eyes and noses--we can't control what goes into and out of these).

in any event, the spoken poem walks us beyond that first stanza...willingly or un-. And I think that was part of my visceral reaction to it in panel.

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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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