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October 06, 2016


Poets especially when young are all too prone to take an exclusive and exclusionary position on the form versus freedom debate and other such "critical" subjects. Too avant-garde for the academics, too academic for the avant-gardists -- I think a lot of us are in that box. But maybe we should ignore the box in favor of the particular pleasures we prize. For example, the delight of Stein's "If I Told You."
Thanks for this stimulating post. -- DL

Thank you for taking the time to read and respond. I agree we should all ignore boxes and just enjoy the joy of words -- no matter what form they come to us in. Thank you for the forum. This week has been a true pleasure -- CR

dallying with schooner life crafts to assemble their rescue as the wind was blowing hard that morning and sharks ambled near

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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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