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December 31, 2020


Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll sweep and know why. (Hopkins)

And yonder all before us lie
Desserts of vast eternity. (Marvell)

We have to use a smell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’ (Frost)

O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Clone and palely loitering? (Keats)

But rather to inhibit the place
I actually inhibit (Vincent Katz)

Was otherwise undistinguished,
And tends to be underrated and overcooked (Jim Dolot)

Marvelous ("desserts of vast eternity"), Millicent. Thanks so much! 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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