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An Evening with the Poems of W. H. Auden [by David Lehman]

Back in 2008, Michael Braziller invited me to give a talk on W. H. Auden at the Philoctetes  Society.  They made a tape of the proceedings, and here it is. Among the poems we talk about are "September 1, 1939." Every year without fail I think of that poem on the first day of the ninth month. -- DL

 


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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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