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March 06, 2024

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Seuss is typically witty and incisive here. I especially like this near the end when memory and imagination lead her back into the body: “I could sit on the front/ stoop and the whole world/ came streaming in through/ the structure of my senses. / Maybe the body is the soul’s metaphor.” (Nice inversion in that last sentence.) My take away from the poem is energy for my own inquiry into how the unconscious (the world of the senses, the realm of inarticulate intuitions, memory, etc.) impresses upon the conscious mind the necessity to create “useless” works of art, and thereby express “soul.” The modes of expression are always changing, and in ways we can’t consciously anticipate.

Thanks, Denise. I'm looking forward to this, having loved her Frank sonnets.

How wonderful!

Excellent.

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Radio

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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