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May 30, 2023


Wonderful poem, and excellent analysis. Thanks to you both! I would quote one sentence stretched over the course of numerous line-breaks to reveal the poet's artistry; the element of surprise inherent in a thought that moves from an abstract "nostalgia" that only a New Yorker could feel all the way to the concrete sidewalka and the stroller:

One feels less than
nostalgic for the like-
lihood of being mugged
but likelihood itself
feels less than evident
unless one is being
unstable and unspoken
coming to dreaming
while pushing a stroller
over the variously cracked
slabs of concrete each
block yet greets the
wheels with.

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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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