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June 16, 2018


I very much enjoyed this essay (and poem). This is a topic I am always having arguments about (at least with myself), and I hope your thoughts here will get more people thinking about it and not just blindly kneeling at the altar of the concrete.

The impossibility of accurate translation -- and the excitement of trying to do it, nonetheless -- has intrigued me for years, but I had not connected it with ambiguity and generalized language before. Excellent sample poems to ponder. And a really delightful poem of your own to cap off the essay. Thank you!

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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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