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September 09, 2021


Justin you’ve updated nicely WCW on poetry’s value: “men die every day for lack of what is found there.” You interest in 17th and 18th century English poetry—and sermons!—inspires me to go back and sample those eras again—and Burton!!

Each year I feel time weighs more heavily, the piles of unread books seem only to grow, and there is so much I have yet to read. But as you advise: read, read, read.

A thoughtful and witty interview. Well done on all fronts. And personally I find the almost complete absence of poetry of all eras and regions in the current curricula of our schools to represent a tragic loss to young people of exposure to one of the greatest manifestations of the human spirit. We as a society or the poorer for it. Kudos to Justin for carrying the torch.

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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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