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November 29, 2019


David, your dissing of "critics" seems a bit off here. In regards poetry, poets themselves have been known to be critics! Some of the best, of course... I trust you at least make an exception for poet-critics? Though some of whom, in fact, have been total Cops? And that should be noted, probably, too?

And, of course, every editor for BAP is a critic...

Many of the best critics (Eliot, Auden) are poets. If movies are dreams, you are each character -- disapproving cop as well as transgressive dancer. -- DL

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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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