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July 19, 2020


Even though I’m old old and
A city girl, this poem resonates powerfully in my head and heart

Thanks for your comment, Clarinda. It's a brilliant poem.

Still a great poem!

Brilliant thank you

Re a song, it's earworm.

What's the comparable word re a poem?

In a very good way, I cannot let go of THE OHIO POEM.

Thanks for this selection.

Thanks, PJC. It's an inspired poem for sure.

I knew you would dig it.

Yes indeed.

Some truth in this poem, both personal and universal, the way good poetry should be.

There are luminous lives and eras packed with utmost art into this poem. I feel I knew all of them, lived all of them, embraced and rejected all of them, mourned and felt relief at their passing, hungered and became sated with them. I didn't think Ohio, as a state or as a state of mind, could contain all of this. I now know I was wrong. Discovering wrong assumptions is as valuable as finding the right ones. Thanks, Amy, for showing the way. And thanks, too, for this: “we could’ve lit out together,” a nimble nod to the last lines in Mark Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, where American literature first found its footing: “I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.” Lighting out for the Territory still has appeal.

Thank you, Dr. Hitchner. I knew you would appreciate this wonderful piece of writing.

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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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