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October 08, 2021


I had the great pleasure of knowing Rachel Wetzsteon. She was a brilliant, kind, modest, caring young woman. Her passionate poems wiped me out. She was great. I am happy to see her today on BAP. Thank you.

Thank you for commenting, Emily. She was such a talented poet -- such a loss.

The world of poetry needed Rachel. She was such a brilliant and nice person, such a gifted poet. The last time I heard from her in an email, she sounded perfectly fine. I had no clue. Her suicide came as a shock. The sad loss is still felt by many.

Thank you, David, for featuring Rachel. It does the heart good.

Cheering: it was done.
But soon the Great War would be
renamed World War One.

I'd never heard of never heard of Rachel Wetzsteon, but the economy, entropic resonance, furiously subdued intensity of her reinvented haiku, and the story of her furiously achieved self-erasure, sad eyes and beautiful smile, leaves me too in the Charybdis of an ever-widening tailspin.

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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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