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November 05, 2021


Two of my favorite examples of your recent period, Mitch. Both are brilliant. The Jack Benny poem is perfect. Ashbery told me more than once that Jack Benny was his "role-model."

Both of these are gems, but the Jack Benny sonnet is especially wonderful.

Silence is the greatest punch line. The rest is noise.

In lower Manhattan there's a kosher vegan restaurant
By name Buddha Bodhai
Buddha wasn't a Jew nor did he observe Kashrut
The code of Jewish law regarding food observance
So he did eat leopard and may have incarnated next
As Benjamin Kubelsky, a Jewish comedian, aka Jack Benny
Who never ate at Buddha Bodhai restaurant
Among Jack Benny's famous one liners
"Hors D'ouvre" A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces
Much as the Buddha did to himself so long ago
And then one day both Buddha and Jack were gone

Wonderful, Mitch!

Excellent poems, including Joel Weiner's.

Thank you so much Sara Gelder for your kind comment.

Sarah Gelder

Great. Beautiful. Thank you!! Including Joel Weiner's witty upshot !!!

Thank you Jack Skelley for your nice comment.

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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

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