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« "Sing, Sing, Sing": the epitome of the swing era | Main | A Marvell of a Poet [by David Lehman] »

May 31, 2019


brilliant when first posted and still

The posting is as fresh as ever. Walt would have been proud of it.

To savor the "Bard of Brooklyn" further, here is the audio of James Earl Jones's reading of Whitman's "Song of Myself" at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y in 1973:

Thanks, Earle, and thanks for tipping me off to this recording---James Earl Jones certainly knew how to get a poem across brilliantly.

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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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