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April 02, 2021


This is a gem. It must go into the annals of the medical profession. Into short story anthologies. Into poetry books. Into encyclopedias—entry under A, adrenal cancer, symptoms.

I enjoyed this so much. And still enjoy it.

Lera's drawing, Home-Oil on Canvas, is just what the doctors ordered
It's as though it were sailing off with her extracted tumors
Which have the consistency of Play-Doh, ripe for lab analysis
Fear not, G-D saves all, He saves the Queen
Olive oil is better than butter which is better than margarine
Which is music to my heart
In absentia, we are all just souls

This is a beautiful post, with superb commentary.

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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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