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November 07, 2023


Brilliant poem, terrific explication, and arresting photo. Thank you.

Thank you for your comment, Walter Carey. Much appreciated.

One of the very best in your series, dear Angela. So much of the verse stops one in one's tracks -- "the Cape Cod lighter, some paint / rubbed off, clear plastic turning yellow, as serviceable / as the first day he gave it to her, back when they both /smoked Luckies and none of their friends had cancer yet." Marvelous: to unfold a tale "like a summer tablecloth"!

Also, I love Anna West's portrait of Ron -- and Angela's beautiful prose reaction to this remarkable poem.

Thank you for your generous comments, David. Yes, "the Cape Cod lighter" is great. Had I smoked, it would have been Luckies! The best pack by a mile. Yes to "like a summer tablecloth," too!

Talking about Ron Horning's poem made me so happy. Anna West's portrait made it even more so.

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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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