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October 28, 2023


Beautiful cover, and lovely to see Susan Mitchell's words.

thank you, Susan, for this note and yr poem. I'm slated to appear on Thursday's launch event and am also struggling over what to say amid the horror, heartache and anger i feel bc of Gaza. Maybe it's mostly thanks to David and Elaine for keeping the power of poetry alive and top-of-mind even when it feels ineffectual.

Susan: Thanks for insightful post, sharing the gestalt of the world as you experience and offering a context for your poems. You're a lucky duck, writing such wonderful poems and having them recognized and published in the BAP anthology. I have every copy of the BAP since its first edition. Best to you (or youse as they say in Chicagoland). Keep up the good work.

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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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