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April 09, 2014


I'm enjoying this series, Stacey. It could be I'll have to get this book and read it A-Z as I did so long ago with The Larousse Gastronomique.

Reading proverbs always makes me feel fat. Reading true riddles always makes me feel insane and angry. But I like the 'idea' of a riddle, and am thinking that the best short stories . . . are perfect riddles.

It's "BCE" not "B.C.E." "Before Common Era": a phrase not a series("Before. Common. Era.")

I like the way you work in Alexander Pope’s “To err is human, to forgive divine.” It tickles me that Kenneth Koch, in one of his poems -- titled "Proverb," appropriately enough -- revises Pope to read: "To die is human. / To come back divine."

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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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