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August 22, 2021


There are also, as Nietzsche wrote, days and nights when dreams seem a lot more convincing and "real" than waking life. Thanks for the fine poem and beautiful well-chosen Picasso.

David:  Glad you liked it.

A group-sleep has its allure. But no one would get out of Afghanistan, no one would get vaccinated, no one would be ready for a hurricane. And yet, the beauty of it is breathtaking.

Oh how I wish I’d written this!!!!!!

The ache for oblivion is so deep and palpable here. It the curse to be awake or asleep and think we are awake. A mesmerizing poem.


Wonderful Picasso!

Oh, I love this whole reverie about everyone "sleeping" as we are also unconscious. Great lines--"I am the thorn, I am the spindle & I am the curse." Wonderful rewrite of a powerful tale.

The power of the fairy tale in the hands of the poet. Outstanding.

what beth said

Sleep is something I crave but not for a hundred years. This is a wonderful poem. I love it.

I am a huge NICK FLYNN fan. He is cool while being classic.
I interviewed him years ago when he was a Witter Bynner Fellow at the LOC, and I thought at that time I'd follow his star's dust anywhere. And here it is.

I'm rapt (not asleep) with admiration & pleasure

I find the language of this poem so simple, so direct, but the poem is so hard to understand. I think finally that the poet wants to induce sleep because it will lead to a great awakening, a rebirth of feeling -- or am I not awake enough to get the message?

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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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