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June 06, 2014


Why did cigarettes turn out to be so bad for you? They look so cool on film and in great poetry.

What would Barton Keyes and Walter Neff have done without the ability to touch each other's long cylindrical tubes with fire?
But the best cinematic analog to Ike's combination of anxiety and grace-under-fire is Jeff Bailey in OUT OF THE PAST, who seems to shake a fag out of a pack every frame, as he tries to figure out The Frame. (Moving poem, picture, and rumination about that earth-shaking day, DL.)

Never thought of Ike like that before. A great tribute to him and those who perished. How small we seem now.

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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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