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July 23, 2021


I cannot hear the words "letting go" without thinking of Emily Dickinson:
First--Chill--then Stupor--then the letting go--
Is "After great pain a formal feeling comes" one of the greatest poems ever written. I think so.

Thank you, Lera. Your work is always provocative, revelatory, and brilliant.

Thank you, Lera - and thanks to you, Emily Fragos, for your attentiveness to and enthusiastic support of Lera's work.

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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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