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Walter Carey

"The Age Demanded" [a new poem by Ernest M. Hemingway]

"The Age Demanded" 
The age demanded that we sing
And cut away our tongue.
The age demanded that we flow
And hammered in the bung.
The age demanded that we dance
And jammed us into iron pants.
And in the end the age was handed
The sort of shit that it demanded.
-- Ernest M. Hemingway
"New poem?"
"It was new when Ernie used his middle initial."
"So what was his middle name?"
"Why did you post it?"
"The age demanded it."

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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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