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September 01, 2018


Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan?

Which one is Auden?

"We must love pater noster or die trying"?

River Jordan is chilly and wide, / milk and honey on the other side. The confluence of the waters (African, Jewish) is in "the Lion," Willie, stride pianist extraordinaire, a Jew, a Black, and a World War I hero, who was not tickling the keys at the non-jumpin joint on West 52 Street that lonesome day. Poor Wystan!

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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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