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November 27, 2022


Abolish the Second Amendment and drink more water. And eat spaghetti for just a few dollars more. There's a lot of good advice in this poem. Thanks for such a great combination of words on this Sunday morning.

Fine musings on the West Westerns and movies about same. And what do you think of "The English" series? Yes, revoke the 2nd!

Love the thought of Old Iron Butt and the corpses laughing. Pass the water, please. The unforgiving sun made me thirsty. Another wonderful selection.

Rooney makes me care more about the West than I did before, because she transforms it into something I can understand. And, as usual, the art displayed fills the belly.

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another delightful poem that engaged and entertained me on a sunday morning, keep'em comin' terence and kathleen

Terence, you picked the greatest line! One wee cavil: is there a word missing from “don’t at me”?

Michael: thanks for the comment.

Wonderful observations about the Western, about which I am writng something now, which makes me all the more apprecuiative of such gems as "Bemused fatalism may be the most effective bravado."

Love the impulse to record thought while in the act of watching--like the great wonder over those guys drinking so much water, something we flash back to and almost check to see if we ourselves had thought something in similar terms. Terrific illustration at the bottom that gives the poem even more force.

Great poem. “The best revenge is not living well; it’s simply not wanting revenge to begin with” - powerful.

Kathleen Rooney -- Your Western swings. ! Thanx to you and Terence

Great fun in this. As if Rooney has passed out 3-D glasses to reveal the wrys we missed imbedded in the iconics of our Westerns

Thanks for the comment, Jack.

Really good poem.

More movie criticism should be written as poetry. And vice versa.

To cite only a small part of Ms Rooney's engaging, wide-ranging poem, she follows up her opening line very nicely. She names the Revisionist Western "Unforgiven" and peppers her work with two Spaghetti Westerns: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," including the Mexican standoff scene of the closing lines, and "Fistful of Dollars." The unnamed unifying thread in this collectiom? Clint Eastwood, director and star of "Unforgiven" and star in both Spaghetti Westerns.

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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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