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August 11, 2022


A stunning poem that feels so personal, honest, true -- and universal, too. "I wandered around the mall/with my broken watch." What a brilliant modern metaphor. I feel this sad, beautiful poem in my bones.


Terence, your wonderful poem reminds me of a prayer by Thomas Merton that has the words "I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me...Nor do I really know myself." He wrote this years before he fell deeply and passionately in love with Marge, a nurse who was taking care of him. Were he to write such thoughts again at that time, I wonder would his words be closer to your own, expressing his confusion in the vivid, real-life detail born of experience.

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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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