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October 20, 2022


Wonderful homage to a man whose writing changed the way we think about war.

I'm so glad Robert Pinsky posted this tribute. Paul was an outstanding teacher as well as essayist. He was one of my inspirations when I started the Best American Essay series in 1985. I took his course on Whitman and American Poetry at Rutgers in the 60s and we planned a field trip to my hometown of Paterson while reading W C Williams. Unfortunately, it didn't happen as Vietnam was raging and I was waging an ongoing battle with the Paterson draft board that swallowed up most of my time that tense semester. As fate would have it I now live in Paul's hometown of Pasadena. He was truly a great literary figure.

Thank you, Angela and Robert, for these much-appreciated appreciative comments.

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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

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