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June 29, 2013


But I have to ask, "Bam, Pow"....did he beat anyone up on his way about town....???? The waiter in the Beer King for instance...I can't imagine that he made it through the day without taking a swing at someone...

Thanks, David. Keep these Michaux trans coming, or perhaps some others. When I taught a Modernism seminar a couple of years ago, we went over a number of LaForgue poems that were revelations to everyone (even me, though Eliot etc long ago). It's as if we're going through a narrows in cont poetry now; voices may be deep but range isn't. Writers like Michaux, Laforgue, Celine, many others are a great help. So thanks for reminding us.

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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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