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Adventures of Lehman

Thirteen Sonnets from "Ithaca" [by David Lehman]

2015 Upper Treman
from the Autumn 2022 issue of The Hudson Review:

Happy as Ulysses is he who ventures forth,
who leaves behind his idols and his homeland
and mourns the loss of his mariners
who were shamed like hogs under a witch’s spell
or swallowed whole by a one-eyed colossus, and still
he opposes the wind with his beard of sea salt
after one more failure, clinging to a spar.
And the poor cottage of an October oracle,
with leaves burning in the distance of a miracle,
absent the flames and amber lights eternal,
is as dear to him as the hospital bed he left
on the appointed day, walking the whole way,
quickening his stride as if he were sprinting
like a sandaled youth past the lotus-tempted sailors.

For the other twelve sonnets published in The Hudson Review, please click here.

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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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