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July 27, 2021


Very good poem and illuminating commentary. Thank you.

A terrific post that advances Angela's argument that the New York School aesthetic has spread to places far from New York. For decades Paul Hoover, as editor, has encouraged and supported poets inspired by the initial cluster of Ashbery, O'Hara, Koch, and Schuyler. Like other editors he runs the risk that his editorial work will overshadow his own poetry, which has always been, as here, fresh, genuine, funny, thoughtful, and sometimes quite amazingly brilliant. Angela's analysis is admirable; I love her phrase "serious play."

Thank you, Karen Beckworth!

And thank you, David, for this generous comment. "Serious play" is pretty much our motto where I teach, in Southern Miss's Center for Writers. Probably it was used first by our director for some 30 years, Frederick Barthelme.

great poem, Paul!

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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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