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January 07, 2022


Prof that anything can end up in a poem.

Classic NY School/Lehman poems.

Lehman's poems appear as daily poetic windows aiming light into highly observed thought, musings, playful exchanges with names, monikers, history, culture and language itself. But within these windows, seen from either side of the window, and depending on the angle of light or darkness refracting from these windows, such stunning and ruptured poignancy both disturbs and enlightens.

What I meant was according to Mallarme: "Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”

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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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