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July 25, 2021


wow...what an insightful poem...thanks for posting...

MDL: Glad you dug it.

A poem of awesome depth and power. Thanks for this one, Terence.

Howard: thanks for that comment.

I love this poem.

Matthew Zapruder's one of my favorite poets, and a wonderful man. Thank you, Terence.

I love this poem--especially the hand of steel or the hand of gold. Powerful reverie.

This poem is wise and wonderful. Lucretius always takes me to the idea of dinglichkeit (sp) which means “the thinginess of things.” Thanks both of you poets! Well, Lucretius too

Great Poem. There is a fascinating book about Lucretius titled "Swerve" by Greenblatt. Highly recommend.

Thanks for the comment, Jerry.

Thanks, Clarinda. Great comment.

Matthew Zapruder has a beautiful mind. Here, he unpacks existential dread with a ringing clarity, and calmly considers what it's like being yanked back and forth by those amazing gold and steel hands every living moment. How is he able to do this so lucidly in only 20 lines, in a poem that is both soothing and unsettling?

"Death and fear. One

hand of steel, one of gold"

beautiful poem

I love this poem Death is indeed a mystery.

Wow, thank you for this. Adds usefully & beautifully to the constant conversation in my mind.

It seems Lucretius wants to take one reality, death fear, and change it into two, death and fear. but neither he nor we can separate them, living in darkness as we do. How much better to accept the fear and reflect on it, as this fine poet does!

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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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