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July 10, 2014


I love this post! I wrote an essay about the usefulness of reading Plath politically, too, not just as a confessional poet, but I agree that it can also be okay -- good, even -- for readers to find and begin reading Plath and Sexton precisely because these poets understood emotional pain so well. Also agree with you that it's okay for beginning poets to write about their personal lives, that it shouldn't necessarily be discouraged. Great post!

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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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