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July 23, 2021


I notice the date. Do you remember where and when you wrote this poem?

Today I am reading your brilliant poem
Yesterday I watched a film which American soldiers took as they liberated Buchenwald
walking skeletons, and those who had to be carried by soldiers
mountains of gassed bodies waiting to be disposed of
The camera panned over rows of men packed into wooden bunkers ...
one of those faces was my 58-year-old grandfather
"and so great is our determination to live"
Thank you, Dr. Lehman, for this poem

What a joy to read this poem.

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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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