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December 03, 2022


Terrific post, David! One of my favorite two-liner poems is the (well-known) one by Ezra Pound: “In a station of the Metro”

The apparition of these faces in the crowd: /
Petals on a wet, black bough.

I have always been stunned by Dickinson's two-line masterpiece, taking us so swiftly, so breathlessly, into the unimaginable, the unspeakable. Novelists have written tens of thousands of pages about the heart of darkness. It took Dickinson ten words.

Thank you, Chris, and thank you, Emily, for your thoughtful 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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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