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September 05, 2017


I cannot decide what I like best, or what is most moving, in this essay: your description of the great Poet and his significance, or the way your writing style is so observant of both detail and nuance. Reading this, I came to the realization (and this is very late in my life; I am always a day late and a dollar short) that Queer people (I dislike the adjective, and prefer Homosexual---it is not, after all, a pejorative word by nature) are different: different in being able to perceive significances and nuances in a way that seems to escape the mundane and far too narrow perceptionabilities upon which "straight" people rely. And therein is a great paradox: straight people often have the most skewed (or not straight) perceptions, while queer people often have the most precisely accurate perceptions of the same reality. Thank you for helping me to recognize this.

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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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