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August 23, 2022


I was working with a group of physicists to redesign a lesson on lenses for their students. They wanted to teach them draw ray diagrams which help you determine the location, orientation, and type of image that is formed when light goes through a lens. I kept asking them why lenses are so interesting and one of them said they are the key to observing things bigger than ourselves and smaller than ourselves. I love this poem and your reading of it--"it invites us to consider apertures of all kinds"--a metaphor that reads a poem as lens that focuses life in the same way a scientist uses a lens to focus light. I'll be sharing it with my Physics colleagues!

Lovely poem. Last two lines are great.

Such wonderful description throughout Jane's made me think of all the circular punctures I've ever seen...and "O" as the poet's cry, "O, Captain! My Captain..." Thank you, Angela, for your smart commentary...

Lindsay--many thanks for your interesting and happy-making comment.

Jim C., I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem.

Denise, thank you for this evocative comment and your appreciation.

Imagination plays fantastically to show the uncommon from the common. So, O is round and perfect in that matter. As Angela says, this poem "invites us to consider apertures of all kinds, it asserts its own shape with mysterious ferocity, as if contracting in response to our gaze." Couldn't agree more.

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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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