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April 11, 2023


A great conceit and Lang is equal to it. One of my favorite lines: "Versatility is beyond your reach." Another: Don’t put your egg in one basket." Bravo.

A favorite. I believe I've heard this one read live. "You have a superficial understanding of the arts and music." Of course, the opposite is very much true for the author of this poem. He is the true Prince of Wales. Well done and Up The Swans.

And exceedingly homely. Looks are everything!

I am grateful for Doug Lang. A poem like this should be on a billboard for all to see. Maybe two billboards.

Glad you like it, David. It's a Lang classic.

Thanks, Dan. It's a favorite of mine too. But I guess that's self-evident.

It should be on every billboard everywhere!

Don't put your egg in one basket. I love it. KS

I think of them as misfortune cookies.

Already hungry for more and it hasn’t even been an hour.

First-rate, lively work. I'm glad to get to know it.

Wonderful to read a poem by one of our great poets! Always a joy.

Love Doug's poem. And what a wonderful photo of him, too!

Thanks for your comment, Liz. Sandra is a very talented photographer.

A delightful and enlightening poem by Doug Lang. For unknown reasons I have been unable to comment on most of the poems posted on this blog, so I'll take this rare opportunity to express my appreciation for the blog and in particular for Terence Winch's always superb choices. Many thanks!

Thank you, my friend. Others have complained about difficulties when trying to leave comments. I have no idea what the problem may be.

Everyone everywhere needs to read this poem.

Thanks, Leslie. That's what we're shooting for.

Amazing. "If you stop looking for what you want, you will be sure to find it and lose interest in it." Classic Doug. Devastating and hilarious all at once.

brilliant! as always

Thanks for the comment, Britt. You've got it exactly right.

I love this poem

Doug Lang is to the fortune cookie what Walt Whitman was to barbaric yawp.
In my reading, Doug Lang reminds us that we get so wrapped in decrypting our future that we forget the cookie. Therein lies our tragedy.

Doug Lang. Not content to be a pick of the week, he has become an inevitability.
The Sweet Singer of Swansea. The Tristan Tzara of Dupont Circle.
The perfect spy. Lang, Doug Lang.

And to think that this one man, modest and unassuming, harbors a nation's most explosive secrets in a small apartment in Silver Spring.
The mind boggles.
(I'll catch up with you when I'm done boggling.)

So, are you saying you liked the poem?

Love this,
Thanks Doug

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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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