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April 20, 2020


As someone who had material, if I remember correctly, in the Chicago Review special issue on A.R. Ammons (before which almost no one ever spoke--in current venues--of A.R. Ammons, much less of his wild tape poems!), may I say that this book by Lehman is quite lesser (yes, I have seen it) compared to his most important book of poetry (and it is quite something), In the Manner Of (2017). It is a much more significant book in regards "translation" theory and possibility than Robert Lowell's Imitations, actually, and I say that carefully. So, In the Manner Of would really have been a much better choice than the not overly impressive book of poems Di Stefano notes. For what it's worth.

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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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