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April 02, 2021


A lucid and insightful reading of the poem. I haven't looked at Herbert's work in about 50 years, but liked it back then, and still do. (I'm also impressed by your astute grasp of the whole Christianity thing.)

David Lehman: No exaggeration that this explication of Herbert -- and the tenderness/rigor of the poem itself -- made me tear-up. Beautiful. I shall share.

I greatly appreciate your comments, Terence and Jack. It's enjoyable to revisit poems I have loved and to do my best to elucidate them. And appreciative comments keep me motivated.

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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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