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December 21, 2019


I wrote a wonderful, eloquent, and glowing comment about this post and then it disappeared.

I once met Duke Ellington in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the U.S. Embassy. I was thirteen, I think.

He patted me on the head and he said, I remember it perfectly: "You seem like a very nice young man."

I, too, like philosophers. (Did you call her?) And the Gaslight of dear memory. And the Duke. You're always light on your feet, Alan. -- DL

Thank you so much--I'm honored to garner a comment from you! What a wonderful memory of Duke (such a sweet thing for him to say).--Alan

I didn't call her (probably didn't call anybody for a while). Yes, the Gaslight and then upstairs to the Kettle of Fish... --Alan

Ah, yes. But that may have been another kettle of fish -- 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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