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September 07, 2022


Wonderful shifts of diction: "For a good time, turn right at the end of the street." / "What a weight of light!" Thanks for introducing us to Lisa Gorton, Thomas.

On My Summer Vacation

my uncle spent his time
playing cards in the city
in a hat he wore for luck.

and my aunt baked biscottis
in the diner
with a scent of garlic bread and olives.

I played the guitar
on the back steps
and drank my uncle's wine.

and in the evening
they sat on the front porch swing
sharing their cigarettes,

smoke drifting slowly into a cloudy sky.


My wife went to a Girls school
and I went to a Boys school,

but we managed
to escape during lunch.

sitting in the grass,

we laughed
like bandits holding hands through the fence.

Meadow Song

The song of a child
hovers the meadow,
soothes her fear of time.

Old age creeps
the tangled vines of youth,
rolls the dice, and says, "pay it."

Soft spring gardens,
green and white,
cover the lattice work
of southern ladies.

And gentle scholars sleep
in the silence of a study,
musing immortality.

I have a real crush on Lisa Gorton.

Ask her to call me.


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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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