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June 20, 2018


Ghosting a poem is a wonderful way to improve. Johns Hopkins Writing Program calls it "apprenticing" to a poet. We used it at St. Mary's College of Maryand to good effect in the Poetry Workshops.I fought the idea for years, thinking we wanted to start with the person's "own" voice. But what came through WAS the poet's "own" voice stronger and better, with new understandings about imagery, line length, etc.

Thank you for the graceful comment, Grace. -- 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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