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June 07, 2024


John Forbes was a great great fan of Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College. I recall him reciting it at a party . We did those kinds of things at Australian parties in the 1980s/90s.
And after the recitation concluded with '...where ignorance is bliss,/ 'Tis folly to be wise.'
'Christ!' proclaimed John, 'it's enough to make you go out and shoot yourself!'

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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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