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November 09, 2019


Reading this was like watching a movie with a very literary VoiceOver. I particularly love the scene where Dennis goes off screen to pee and comes back with ice cream for everybody.

Can we agree that a poem can sometimes, as in this case, be both politically incorrect (like a noir movie, say) and also fantastically good? And partly fantastically good because it wears its period incorrectness like a Mad Men early 60s suit?

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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

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