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On the Removal of the Auden Plaque from 77 St. Mark’s Place [by George Green]

Auden plaque
When Pindar’s town was burnt by Alexander
the poet’s heirs were all left safe indoors.
Entrepreneurs thought St. Mark’s could be grander
and gutted Wystan’s house to add more floors.
 
Grand, smoky parties, Flagstad in hi-fi,
a car assigned to drive Miss Moore back home-
it might as well have happened in Shanghai;
they’ve taken down the marker and the poem.
 
The bar survived next door where he would go
unbathed and rumpled with the Times’ crossword,
and at that idle toil he would know
the pity in the prattle overheard.
The pity of this house-his missing name.
The landlords and the city are to blame.
 
-- George Green

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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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