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May 28, 2021


Love this!
Thank you so much for posting this essay!
I just sent my daughter The Once and Future King
but I will try to tackle the "real texts" you survey above
and on the movie Excalibur, your thoughts would be most welcome

Slow Reader: I appreciate your comments and enthusiasm. You'll enjnoy "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and Malory for sure; I have a weakness for Tenbnyson and his command of the iambic pentameter line. Do you recommend "Exclaibur"? I've never seen it. -- DL

I first saw the movie Excalibur 40 years ago
Recommend it? It is a strange and dark and poetic movie
I think you should watch it sometime ...
and thank you, I will start with Sir Gawain

Sir Lehman --
I found Gawain on my bookshelves, so I must have read it some 40+ years ago as an English major ...
I will read it again; given the political shambles of our democracy
I can really use an enchanting medieval romance right now
in the same volume is "Pearl" and "Patience"
Any thoughts on those works?

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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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