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February 09, 2022


If Whitman wrote with more of Tom's constraint,
I'd read him more, and with much less complaint.

I knew Tom Disch--he shared a little apartment on Riverside Drive with one of my co-workers. All of us were just out of college and working our first full-time jobs. Tom was kind, a bit shy, out to his friends though not in public. None of us really knew how hard it would be to make our mark as writers. I was glad to see that he made his, and sad that he died too soon. The world isn't any better now, but we would have enjoyed getting together to gripe about it.

Tom Disch is one of my favorite poets, partly for his wonderful wit, partly for, as illustrated here, his self-portraiture is much deeper and more real than Whitman's.

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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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