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December 10, 2016


If you are a poet of progressive, left-wing. liberal [in the American sense]views and poems, I want you to imagine a comedian, a very, very good satirist-comedian acclaimed throughout the English speaking world; even those who don't like him acknowledging that he possesses something substantial. For many of course it's his politics which grate, because he is conservative heading reactionary...and there he is at conventions of the like minded wowing him with what he does best: parodies, brilliant parodies.

Now: how different are you well-meaning, pro-feminist, anti racist, pro the environment and above all ANTI-TRUMP poems be to those parodies written by this comedian? And if you can't find any difference then your poems are stuffed.

For it's no use wailing 'But I really mean it...' he means it too, does he ever.

So who is this horrifying individual? Why your artistic conscience of course.

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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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