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September 30, 2013


This is a lovely post. I'm jealous of your correspondence w/Jerome. He was a wonderful writer whose books, especially "Staying With It" were important to me.

Dinner in the Sukkah always tasted especially good. Thank you, Rachel.

Stacey, I'm so glad that you knew John's work and that it was important to you. I always felt (still do feel, in fact) that he ought to have been better-known than he was. I'd probably be embarrassed now by the letters I wrote to him in my early 20s -- I admired him so much that I suspect I came across as a bit adoring -- but I'm really glad to have had the correspondence even so.

David, I couldn't agree more. I didn't grow up with a sukkah, but it's become one of my favorite things. Especially during a New England fall, there is nothing quite like dining in the fresh air while dodging the inevitable leaves or cornstalk fronds which want to land in one's soup.

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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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