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March 24, 2016


Terrific reading!

Did you know that Henley spent a lifetime suffering from tuberculosis of the bone? He spent 18 months in a hospital in Edinburgh as a young man and had his leg amputated below the knee. He wrote about it an extraordinary book of poems called "In Hospital." He was an extremely courageous and kindly man - his friends included Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde. He rocked - almost as much as you, Mrs. Harwood!

This is just so sweet. "Invictus" was the favorite poem of my mother and my mother-in-law (both named Rita!) and other women of that generation that I've talked to over the years. Maybe because it was non-gender-specific, unlike "If" (or "The Ballad of the Green Berets"--sorry, being facetious!). Mrs. Harwood, your reading of the poem is wonderful! Thank you for it.

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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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