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September 15, 2015


Moira, what a wonderful remembrance of Cynthia Macdonald. I think it might even have been my Facebook page where you learned of her passing. I'd found the news and thought "why don't I know her work?" I looked online and found "The Tune He Saw" on the Poetry Foundation. What a trove of sound and image, wordplay and new seeing:

"The saw angles and dips
Like a waterfall between hand and thigh."

I'd heard that Macdonald could be curt in her honesty and your essay here certainly shows this. But what a gift to you, having her incisive intelligence focused on both your work and your welfare.

Thank you for this.

Thank you for this, Moira. I knew Cynthia slightly in the mid-1970s -- I complimented her quite sincerely on her poems and it made her so happy. And then she went to Houston and decades passed. Her death comes as news to me and saddens me. And you write so well! -- DL

Thanks for this comment, Leslie. Yes, yours was the first I saw, and then many others. Though I'm very sad she's gone, I hope people will come to her work again. She was a fine and fierce poet, and a generous soul.

Yes. How the decades pass. Thanks for this, David.

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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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