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April 07, 2018


Angela: This such a beautiful post. I had tried to imagine this reading--and you've answered my imaginings with your experiencings. Thank you.

I didn't think I could love John Ashbery any more than I already do, but, since it's such a pleasure, Angela, I will include your love of him in mine from here on. When you say: "... as though it was our duty to keep him from vanishing between poems," first of all, it's beautiful, and also, I know just what you mean.

Angela, that's a terrific post--brisk, stylish, and complicated. You've caught the whole thing---the excitement and slight awkwardness of the prof and the famous geezer poet together up there, the pausing flow from the great man, and a nice selection of what he said. Just couldn't be better.Way to go!---Roger

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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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