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April 02, 2015


Thank you for this post -- which, like so many of yours, reveals an extraordinary memory for detail and the ability to weave the details into a narrative. In my high school and college years in Washington Heights (just two blocks shy of Inwood), more than once I was in conversation with an older stranger who suddenly made a comment about the Jews. Usually it was either that they controlled Wall Street or the Communist Party in Moscow, or both, though the two named entities were mortal enemies. I was surprised, because I always thought I looked Jewish. But who knows? When a cab driver in Paris asked me if I was from England, I took it as a compliment, as their view of Americans is that none of us can speak a word of French. For what it's worth, I have had a series of wonderful Italian barbers in the last twenty years -- born there I mean. The place I go to now, three men are from Italy, and on a day when I got some good news, about a year ago, I started singing "Volare" as I exited and they all joined in. Knew all the words, too. Nel blu dipinto di blu, / Felice di stare lassù. -- DL

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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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