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February 18, 2020


This is a really nice post. Ah, Granada... I love Granada. (I worked in Nicaragua on two occasions, in 1980 for nine months as a literacy teacher in the national literacy campaign, shortly after the Sandinista Revolution, and the second time in 1983, as an Adult Education teacher for close to a year, in midst of the Contra war. Both times in the mountains of Matagalpa. And both times I made it to Granada for a few days after the teaching stints. This was long before the town became a favored U.S. expat destination. My first book is titled A Nation of Poets, which gathers selections from the working-class Talleres de Poesia the Ministry of Culture organized around the country. The book carries the most extensive interview ever done with the legendary poet Ernesto Cardenal, then Minister of Culture, on the cultural politics of the Sandinista Revolution, for those interested. The interview ended up causing a big hullabaloo in Mexico in 1985 when it was published in one of the major newspapers there. Octavio Paz was angered by Cardenal's comments and went off on him.)

Kent, I am so glad to know about A Nation of Poets. I look forward to reading it. Thank you!

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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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