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June 11, 2021


this sounds like one of F. O'hara's "I do this, I do that,poems"

Happy Birthday David,

Here's a poetry-related birthday verse:

Play Skool

As the impressment of American sailors dropped
the British another rung down the ladder of states,
all the way down to Pirate’s Cove,

The impressment of poetry* shall dunk the
American academy lower still – it’ll
be deep-sixed, by Jove.

Dave Read

*Since the 1970 expose´ of the Famous Writer’s School, more than 800 “creative writing” programs have sprung up on American college campuses.

Happy Birthday Fellow Gemini!!!❤️

To Paul Cormier: O'Hara was a major inspiration when I wrote the daily poems collected in two of my books, "The Daily Mirror" and "The Evening Sun." Thanks for your comment.

I love this poem and its translation! (Which, knowing Spanish, I read as though through holes in a heavy veil.) You are so right about the self-righteous guardianship of ice in France--yet another of many reasons to drink wine there at every opportunity.

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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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