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November 19, 2017


It was a pleasure to participate in this stimulating conversation, and I am hoping that people will want to extend it here.
The film was March's greatest performance -- the two vastly different drunk scenes, for example: the merry one with Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, and Teresa Wright on the the guys' first night back, and the night the erstwhile sergeant has had one too many but manages nevertheless to hit just the right tone when giving a speech before his banker boss (the great Ray Collins, who shone, too, as Kane's gubernatorial opponent in Welles's film ans as Lieutenant Tragg on TV).
I have seen the movie many times since 1996 when by accident I turned on the TV and there it was without commercial interruption. I realized that evening that I have always identified myself on some level with the Dana Andrews character, "one of the fallen angels of the air force," and "The Best Years of Our Lives" triggered my poem of the day, "March 30," in "The Daily Mirror." -- DL

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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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