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"Let's Make a List" [by Tom Disch]

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It's always a delight to stumble upon a new, previously uncollected poem by a master. Here is a poem Tom Disch wrote in December 2007.

Let's Make a List

The letter L
has cast her spell
on the whole English language.
The other letters willingly
anneal with her to form
all the words and things
we love the most: flowers
opening to the morning light,
the little birds fluttering
about the feeder, the swallows
along the river, ripplings,
dapplings, even loss.
L dies -- then lifts her head
and lives again. She smiles
in that special way she has
and it all becomes clear.
Look! there she is again


— Tom Disch

 Reprinted by the Estate of Thomas M. Disch c/o Writers' Representatives LLC, New York, NY 10011. All rights reserved.

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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

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