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January 17, 2021


This made me howl with laughter and empathy and a lot of sadness. I love it. Terry, it really shows what you said on your POET AND POEM hour w/ Grace Cavalieri this morning. You said "Humor is just another way of being serious." Thank you, all 3 of your poets.

While humor is often used as a way of getting an audience, it seems to work best, as it does here, as a way of meeting your audience where they live. Thank you for this pleasure.

Thanks for the comment, Clarinda.

Thanks for that insightful comment, Beth.

Truly excellent Ashbery imitation and proof of his profound influence.

You meant that as a compliment, Ralph, right?
I mean the poem is more than the sum of its

Hello, Terence, from Howard Bass’ big sister. I like this poem very much. And I love your poems! Howard sent me The Known Universe, which I read and reread and enjoy immensely. I also recently read Seeing-Eye Boy: it is terrific. I am a poet in Connecticut. My book The Fire in Hand was a finalist for the Conn Book Award in poetry this year. I am going to take the liberty of sending you a copy!

Best wishes -
Karen Torop

Yau is one of my favorites of all time. There's something about his humor which is always very serious too. Thanks for posting this T. America has no idea what a treasure they have sitting there in an apt. on Broadway, quietly writing a million books and poems.

another knockout!it's always rewarding to read a poem of john's, or article, but this was the perfect selection for the fabulous anthology that could be made from all your selections thus far thank you and thanks john...

Thanks, Matt. I completely agree.

Thank you, Michael. I thought you would like this one.

Thank you once again for sharing this.

It seems an apropos occasion to mention it: A bit over a year ago, I, too, was the pick of the week at BAP (so, not really, but you take what you can get)
The poem is from my recent book, Because of Poetry, I Have a Really Big House, which, as chance would choose, was kindly reviewed at Hyperallergic Weekend, edited by John Yau himself:


Thanks for tuning in, Mr. Pell

Thank you, Eileen.  I'm glad you liked it.

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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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