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March 02, 2015


Oh Mari, what a beautiful start to your week at the BAP blog. I own COMING CLOSE and have read more than once each of the essays you and Tomas included. It's a testament to Phil's truth-telling that each essay in the book read entirely independently of the others. I learned a great deal about Phil by reading your collection of essays. And I daresay I've learned even more about him through listening closely to the grief that his friends now express in his passing. Thank you.

Thank you for reading, Leslie, and for your feedback. It's important that we remember Phil as a whole human. He wasn't a saint and he wouldn't want us to remember him as one. It was his humanness, his realness—warts and all—that made him such an important model for me as his student nearly 20 years ago. Realness, and genuine caring. We'll not see another like him.

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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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