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May 12, 2014


Edson was a wonderful guest at a New School poetry forum back in 2005 or '06, if memory serves: he was cheerfully irreverent and at dinner he and I tried to outdo one another in uttering deliberately incorrect statements with whatever degree of belief. Edson's influence on other practitioners of the prose poem was, as you point out, Jen, tremendous. Not to be underestimated is the way he has inspired a whole bunch of fiction writers (such as Lydia Davis) to accentuate the "short" in "short stories." Thanks for an excellent post, Jen.

Oh man, I wish I could've seen that!

JK, only poets should write about poets; or I should only read poets writing about poets. This is lovely; thank you.

Very nice article, JK. I had a long-standing correspondence with Edson and composed an opera based on one of his plays. I lost touch with him over the last few years and was sad to hear of his passing. We tried for years to get a performance of 'Ketchup' but presenters thought it too weird. Fs.

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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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