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September 21, 2017


I love every one of these. And I think that Law and Order had a frustrated English major as a writer. I've caught more than a few lines of poetry. Here are two examples: Jack McCoy (the D.A.) discovers that the defense attorney was seduced by his client, a no no. "Jack," says the attorney,"Just once I dared to eat the peach." In another episode, Briscoe and Van Buren are sitting on a wire. Briscoe quotes a few lines of Langston Hughes poem "Motto." Van Buren catches it says something like "so you read Langston Hughes?" Briscoe responds that it helped him seduce the Jewish girls in Riverdale. Van Buren says it works on girls from Jackson Heights too. #154 is wonderful wonderful. Thank you for these.

Thanks, Stacey! I love that Briscoe / Van Buren scene!

I am such a fan of these squibs I can't even. Please tell me there will be a collected!

I appreciate this enormously! There will be a book--hopefully there will also be a publisher.

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That Ship Has Sailed
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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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