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January 30, 2014


There he goes again! Can he make a sestina out of anything? What are the rules of the sestina? Anything goes? Are the rules meant to be broken? Pop goes the weasel in thirty-nine lines. What is in a number? Anything? What is in a sestina? Rules? Can it? Can anything be said that he hasn't said before? In a sestina? Who he? Can he make lemonade out of lemons like a flat-out sestina maker? I mean,like, anything. The rules make the sestina. Can they? Make me a drink and I will rule your sestinas like anything. What?

Yep, you got it. Gibson okay? I like rules. You wanna be Apollo or Dionysus tonight?

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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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