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April 17, 2017


David Lehman’s life as a poet, as a scholar, as an educator, has been one turned outward on the world, characterized by generosity and an overriding passion for the written word, by an unrelenting wonder and a simple desire to understand the complicated celestial mechanics of poetry. Poems in the Manner Of continues Lehman’s poetic project, gathering paradise, one grain of sand, one universe, one wildflower, at a time.

Thank you for the wonderful review -- astute, insightful and generous. I love thinking of the book as both "a grand map of misreading" and "a pheasant disappearing in the brush." That latter phrase is one of Stevens's definitions of poetry, and I love it. As for the former, why don't I have a copy sent t hard-to-pleas Harold and see what he says.

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"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


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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