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May 17, 2013


A compelling tale, Ray. No small feat to finish your dissertation after a 40-year hiatus. As for the "baiser" story--she shoulda known that.

I personally would love to read your dissertation. I am writing epic stories about Greek philosophers, though in English, so I am fascinated with how poets like Theokritos wrote their tales, what techniques they use to generate a vision of human character as they interact with people and landscapes.

Very nice story, and it made you one of Wendell's last students, in a way. You—and I—were blessed to have have known and studied with such questioning, honest scholar, sensitive critic, and humane person. I know I owe him a vast debt, going back to a lecture he gave at Exeter, which determined me to go to Harvard and be his student. Even when distracted, his perception was keen and his feeling for poetry fully alive.

Thank you for a stimulating series of posts. I also enjoyed your list of books for "Anglomaniacs" in yesterday's WSJ. -- DL

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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

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