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February 22, 2013


The title of Thomas M. Disch's book of poetry, The Right Way to Figure Plumbing, is cool once you learn that he titled it that because there was a book of that same title published by a Disch in the 19th century. (Which, I just found out when googling to make sure I got the spelling right, is online as a google book in its entirety.)

He once told me (at an SF convention) that he named it that so that some future librarian would hold the two up and have a moment of total confusion.

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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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