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March 24, 2019


I agree with all of the options except,
in my opinion, (3), as I would always read
the editor's note and possibly only the
editor's note. Other than that, (4) would
be my strongest reaction. It's very important
to signal this fashionable virtue today by
referencing white people, as in some places
you would make the sign of the cross or wear
something on your head.

This kind of thing really rankles. As a member of a so-called marginalized group, I hate to see any group painted with a broad brush. Isn't this exactly the kind of generalizations we fight against? Should we be learning to see people as individuals? It's become, as they say, "normalized" to vilify anyone who is dead, white, and instead of Europe I would say "male."

Exactly, Mitch! It's a religion.

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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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