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October 22, 2022


I always loved that quote by W.H. Auden. Here's another savory observation by him: "Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about." Mull over this Audenism too: "Technique in itself cannot make a good poem, but the lack of it can spoil one." I plucked both quotes from SWEET THEFT: A POET'S COMMONPLACE BOOK by J.D. “Sandy” McClatchy (1945-2018), whose honors course in LaSalle College’s English department during my sophomore year (1970-1971) was a bracing intellectual treat. Poet Tim Dlugos (1950-1990) was in that same course.

Very wise & true.

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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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