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December 26, 2013


Astonished and awed by your words, thoughts, ideas; and all so poetically poetic. A pleasure to read; a pleasure to wander where you lead. -Your Momma what loves you.

Le Guin is a veteran of the kind of "fame" this (non)culture "grants"--you're getting a pin drop of it now, and because it conforms to what you think you are/deserve, you believe in it. Le Guin knew she was facing a crowd that demanded pandering, and she had too much integrity to go along with the schmooze. You and RR, thinking the whole "event" MUST be real because it venerated you two, after all, pretended her speech had no meaning; you condescended to it, as if you knew better; or really, even understood it. In fact, Le Guin was noting--and quite humorously, I imagine--that this public scene was a similar one to the little boy's ("Let's all get together and applaud ourselves!"); and she, like him, was calling everybody out on their nakedness. You and the dishy Reagan were too caught up in yourselves--just like the king--to see you were the problem, not the solution. HARDBALL will eat you alive, not because it's heavy-duty, but precisely because it isn't: it's just show-biz that relies on the innocence of narcissists to put on its show.

Wow James (Jim) Cummins. i've been a bit famous (if not to you) for long enough to know it can be nice but also has comments like yours, bitter, entirely unoriginal,, and full of inane assumptions. you were not at that warm and real policy changing group's meeting, you don't know me,and you're obviously furious about something else.

also, saying to someone about to do something new and of consequence that they are going to be eaten alive is base and pathetic. Your career doesn't require from you "the innocence of a narcissist"? check again. what the hell is wrong with you?

I just stumbled onto this post-- new to you, new to this blog-- and read your poem aloud to myself twice as the gloaming quickens around me. Now I need to buy your book. Thank you.

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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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