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October 13, 2019


I like this compilation of antiquarian news re. various artifacts -- faces, heads and figures. I especially love the contrast in the responses to those angel-like figures. I guess when Walter Benjamin referred to one as "the angel of history" and the Met wrote that the scratchy image on the bottom of the cup "has a sense of humor," they were each referring to the separate but similar objects. Now I'm curious as to whether Benjamin would've said the image in the cup "is how one pictures the angel of history." It's like the drawing of a six-year-old, and maybe that's a perfect look for the Angel of History.

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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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