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February 27, 2013


Alissa, I love the urgency of this part: "I don’t have time for my Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton to arrive in the mail. I must sit and be with these poems, digest them, take comfort in the fact that 'tragedy while vast /is bearable.'" I know that feeling so well that I must HAVE a poem.

Clifton's poems have been worming around in my brain since the tribute. Thanks Alissa for creating even more space for them by capturing so well the night and the words.

Thank you all for your kind words!!!

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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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