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April 24, 2024


Denise, you have great taste in poetry -- and in popular sonbg. Like you I locve "Accentuate the Positive," which Stacey and I turned into a skit in a variety show I put on at Bennington in January 1998. There's a great version by Johnny Mercer (who wrote the lyrics) with a girl chorus. It's on the soundtrack of "LA Confidential."
"You're the Top" is, it seems to me, the best of Cole Porter's list poems.
Kudos all around!

Ellen Bass is a good poet. I would just remind people that she was a co-founder of the "recovered memory movement" in the 1990s that destroyed numerous lives before Bass and her cohort were squelched years later. A product of ideological arrogance, the rmm was noted in the New York Times in 2022: "In 2005 a Harvard psychology professor, Richard McNally, called the recovered memory movement 'the worst catastrophe to befall the mental health field since the lobotomy era.'" You might want to take a look at Bass's poem "How to Apologize," in which her advice is to give the one you hurt an "oily, succulent" carp.

This is a wonderful prose poem and I too love Ellen Bass. Thanks, Denise, for posting this and for all the great stuff you contribute to the blog.

I love this poem, too -- thanks, Denise!

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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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