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July 12, 2019


The directness, the simplicity are under-girded by her peerless ear!

I was thinking: Why is this not kitsch? Not a nursery rhyme? One reason is those amazing off-rhymes. Abroad/head, crumb/home, seam/swim.

Emily saw Life, what George Crabbe called "the life itself". So few see it with regularity. Emily saw it every moment in her daily life & in dreams. A nursery rhyme? Why not? In the work of a true visionary, categories are meaningless. Emily is as stylish as Josephine Baker dancing in Paris.

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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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