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July 12, 2021


Fascinating. But I would point out that the thrust of Bentham's "notorious" statement that "push-pin is as good as poetry" is the glorification of utilitarianism rather than the elevation of games. To measure the value of art on popularity in place of on inherited criteria of excellence is problematic, to say the least, though classic Hollywood can be cited in defense of Bentham's theory.

Thank you for providing us
(with intelligence)
in the sense provided by Robert Frost
in "Provide, Provide."

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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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