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January 13, 2022


I guessed Dickinson.

Number four is David Lehman, for certain.

The ones I'm certain of:
2-Michael Ryan
3-Elizabeth Alexander
4-David Lehman
6-Charles Simic
7-Perry Mason

The ones that are left are even more fun. I think #9 is Allen Ginsberg's "Sphincter"? But it could be Auden's "The Platonic Blow." If the former, then Auden might be #10, though that one is lugubrious enough to be Marge Piercy. I'll say #1 (holding up a foam finger) is ED (pun intended) for the meter; #8 is Marge Piercy and #5 is the, um, slick Albert Goldbarth (though those could easily be reversed, Cowgirl).

I wish Molly had been MY mother. Then I could've been a ... (complete this sentence)

Immature poets steal away into the bathroom. I'll be a while ...

That was a blast. Molly, you are a DEAR!

1) Mae West
3) Joe Biden
4) David Lehman
5)Elizabeth Arden
6)David Lehman
7) Dolly Parton
8)Melania Trump
9) The Goo Goo Dolls
10) Shakespeare

Number one is from WILD KNIGHTS, WILD KNIGHTS, a porno flick made by an unemployed English major in 1969. It stars Burt Reynolds and is a remake of THE SEVENTH SEAL, with real seals. Swear to god. (I prefer the sequel, WILD STRAWBERRIES, WILD STRAWBERRIES. It's the second one in the trilogy.)

The lines up for identification reminded me of: recently a student brought me a poem she’d found online by a young male poet. The poet had written a poem dedicated to me which began “I wish I had Susan Mitchell’s ovaries.” I burst out laughing, though I have no idea what that even means.

That, dear Susan, is a great anecdote. Thanks!

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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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