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January 10, 2024


Been there, done that Rigoberto!

I buy EVERY year's BAP, read it with gusto, the re-read it at random times later, as I do all editions. This routine is a treat, education, and challenge that refines my own aesthetics and view of life in general like nothing else does.

I've written about this experience in the poem "Re-reading the BAPs - an Ode," which David Lehman was enthusiastic about and urged me to publish (though it was too long for the 2023 issue).

For me the BAPs are unique poetic organisms, and we can only be grateful that David has performed this great service.

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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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