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January 10, 2021


The photo of the weak polar bears taken by Lera Auerbach, even before we get to her moving, grief-stricken prose poem, is almost more than I can bear.

Auden wrote that "poetry makes nothing happen," but he also wrote that it is "a way of happening, a mouth." It seems to me that both statements are true.

I don't know what else to say. I just wish to experience Lera Auerbach's heart-words.

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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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