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February 11, 2020


#380 is very tough, even for fedora aficionados. But #373 is easy. The right answer is: You can be better than you are. You could be swinging on a star. (The last four words are on the gravestone of the song's composer, Jimmy Van Heusen.) -- DL

Excessive toughness for #380 duly noted! I have added an alternative. AZ

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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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