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October 23, 2014


Take Seven is beautiful: but see also what John Updike's Bech proposes in the last of the three Bech books. In a rush hour crowd, h gently shoves an enemy to his death on e tracks. Michael Caine does the maneuver in a movie called, I think, "A Shock to the System." Not spoilers from me will you get about "House of Cards," the US version.

I love the use of "gently" preceding "shoves an enemy to his death..."

Take Seven- wonderful. "Robert Burns reacted to a critic with a rhapsodic, vitriolic screed including" "thou pickle-herring in the puppet show of nonsense." Turn on the news any night to "a puppet show of nonsense." I am inspired by "vitriolic screed".

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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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