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March 30, 2022


Awesome poem. Many thank-yous for introducing this reader to the poetry of Hope.

I am not sure how to interpret Hope’s last two lines. The term ‘pigmy’ has negative connotations for black and brown bodies. I am also struggling with the possibility that the term can be interpreted as a trope that’s connected to a perceived reputation of violence.

To Jack French: struggle all you like, but be a little more hopeful in your response to the poem.

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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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