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September 09, 2022


Scholars visit the past for a living; writers inhabit a time and place unborn, on a dare. Classrooms may not be the ideal place for those two to meet - perhaps a corner nook at the market, or on a path through the park, would be a more amenable place?

Marxist, nazi, democrat, and republican - they're all nuts - they all mingle politics and religion. If a writer cannot conceive an ideal (something free of dogma) to write toward, why bother to write at all?

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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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