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June 11, 2022


Have a very happy June birthday, David Lehman. Eat cake and ice cream to your heart's content.
Enjoy this sunny day entirely to your liking. Happy birthday to you!

Thank you, Emily Fragos -- for this comment, for your poem that Terence picked, and for all your contreibutions to the BAP blog.

Terence did such a superb job of presentation and of choosing such a wonderful painting. The entire experience was enjoyable and gratifying, thanks to Terence and the generosity of your many readers.

I've published eight in the last nine. I'm not a writer who sticks to the first seven. Even so, I believe that three of the next embolden me to publicize six of the previous five and I would acknowledgethe efforts of my team through four of the last three plus one have nothing whatsoever to do with this post, this blog, art nouveau, art deco, Art Tatum, King Arthur or the Alongquin round table. Thank you for understanding and be sure to read "Our Mutual Friend" and "Bleak House" before turning in.

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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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