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February 14, 2014


Thanks for all your thoughts this past week. I have learned and gleaned much insight. I now aim for imperfection, a full step over my usual lousy. Thanks for giving me that impetus, to strive for the imperfect rather than dwell in just plain bad.

What a lovely final post from you, Charles! I think imperfection is central to an artist's individual voice or craft, whatever medium chosen. Certainly there is a long period of study and daily work on one's craft or art but often the soul of a piece of art sails through its cracks or warps. I believe that to be true for poets, novelists, musicians, painters, sculptors, rug makers. Thank you for your five essays this week. Really have enjoyed all of them.

I've really enjoyed your blog posts this week!

Charles, you have such a keen eye for the telling moments in life and their deeper messages for us, never more so than in your posts here this week. Thank you!

Musicians can find great value in your words, Charles. Thanks for your writing!

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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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