David Lehman
To Psyche by David Lehman

To Psyche by David Lehman

The longer I stare the lovelieryou look in my eyes (so made suchmirrors and spies) and I'm not doneyet as I enumerate the virtuesof your smile, gracious in defeat,victorious in ...

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Examples (August 27) by David Lehman

Examples (August 27) by David Lehman

The last Campbell's tomato soup can of the twentieth century is going to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh That is an example of a sentence Another is this from a CEO in ...

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Ode To Modern Art by David Lehman

Ode To Modern Art by David Lehman

Come on in and stay a whileI'll photograph you emerging from the revolving doorlike Frank O'Hara dating the muse of modern artTalking about the big Pollock show is betterthan ...

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April 21 by David Lehman

April 21 by David Lehman

I'm a very average person,and I think most people are.I vote with the common man.I have two kids, a boy and a girl.Last Sunday I played golf with the boss.Hey, it beats ...

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August 15 by David Lehman

August 15 by David Lehman

My new Web site is dropdead.comIt's interactive you get to choose howyou'll die, where, and at what ageand it'll still come as a completesurprise to you I guaranteebut let's not ...

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April 24 by David Lehman

April 24 by David Lehman

Did you know that Evian spelled backwards is naive?I myself was unaware of this fact until last Tuesday nightwhen John Ashbery, Marc Cohen, and Eugene Richiegave a poetry reading ...

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June 11 by David Lehman

June 11 by David Lehman

It's my birtday I've got an emptystomach and the desire to belazy in the hammock and maybego for a cool swim on a hot daywith the trombone in Sinatra's"I've Got You Under My ...

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November 6 by David Lehman

November 6 by David Lehman

Remember when Khrushchev said"We will bury you!"on the coverof TimeI thought he wasemploying a metaphoras in "Braves Scalp Giants!"on the back pageof the Daily NewsI pictured the ...

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January 31 by David Lehman

January 31 by David Lehman

Nothing extends a phonecall more effectively thansaying you're on your way outbut she wants to tell youthe five things she requiresin a man one is intelligencehe must have a ...

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January 24 by David Lehman

January 24 by David Lehman

I was about to be mugged by a man with a chain so angry he growledat the Lincoln Center subway stationwhen out of nowhere appeared a tallchubby-faced Hasidic Jew with peyotand a ...

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The Lift by David Lehman

The Lift by David Lehman

The wonderful thingabout being withyou in this hotellift in London fullof people is that noneof them knows what youand I are about to doin bed or possiblyon the floor in fact ...

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January 3 by David Lehman

January 3 by David Lehman

The shrink says, "Everything dependson how many stuffed animals you hadas a boy," and my mother tells me myfather was left-handed and so is my sonand they're both named Joe whose ...

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Pc by David Lehman

Pc by David Lehman

for Aaron Fogel Politically-correct personal computers point and click. President Clinton(codename Peacock) can't protect crack pushing Communist Party cops pursuing a care ...

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January 2 by David Lehman

January 2 by David Lehman

The old war is over the new one has begunbetween drivers and pedestrians on a Fridayin New York light is the variable and structurethe content according to Rodrigo ...

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April 26 by David Lehman

April 26 by David Lehman

When my fatherSaid mein FehlerI thought it meant"I'm a failure"which was my errorwhich is whatmein Fehler meansin German whichis what my parentsspoke at home

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To William Holden by David Lehman

To William Holden by David Lehman

(July 15) We know who the guards are in those POW movies with brutal but easy to fool fat Germans or sadistic Japanese who never smiled they're the grown-ups we're the kids that's ...

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Eleventh Hour by David Lehman

Eleventh Hour by David Lehman

The bloom was off the economic recovery."I just want to know one thing," she said.What was that one thing? He'll never know,Because at just that moment he heard the soundOf broken ...

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Tenth Commandment by David Lehman

Tenth Commandment by David Lehman

The woman said yes she would go to Australia with himUnless he heard wrong and she said ArgentinaWhere they could learn the tango and pursue the widowsOf Nazi war criminals ...

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January 1 by David Lehman

January 1 by David Lehman

Some people confuse inspiration with lightningnot me I know it comes from the lungs and air you breathe it in you breathe it out it circulates it's the breath of my being the wind ...

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The Shield Of A Greeting by David Lehman

The Shield Of A Greeting by David Lehman

for J.A., December 3, 1975 Ashes that survive the aftermath of fireBury the past bravely, retainingOnly those messages that are least decipherableAnd therefore most desirableTo be ...

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The Left Bank by David Lehman

The Left Bank by David Lehman

Don't walk away, Renee,I'm just getting warmed upyour body is like a riverand I'm going to swim acrossI want to explore the leftbank of you then the rightyou're the only woman ...

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Shake The Superflux! by David Lehman

Shake The Superflux! by David Lehman

I like walking on streets as black and wet as this onenow, at two in the solemnly musical morning, when everyone elsein this town emptied of Lestrygonians and Lotus-eatersis ...

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January 31 (The Sky Is Crumbling…) by David Lehman

January 31 (The Sky Is Crumbling…) by David Lehman

The sky is crumbling into millions of paper dotsthe wind blows in my faceso I duck into my favorite barber shopand listen to Vivaldi and look in the mirrorreflecting the shopfront ...

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The Matador of Metaphor by David Lehman

The Matador of Metaphor by David Lehman

The grapefruit in the Florida orchardhas ripened into a globe in Hartfordfor him to look at, not to eat.If he had a tin can he would beatit as a drummer in a band beatshis drum ...

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June 6 by David Lehman

June 6 by David Lehman

No two are identical thoughthey begin from the samepoint in time the same point inthe dream when the radio shutsitself off in the middle of"Just in Time" (Sinatra version)the ...

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For I Will Consider Your Dog Molly by David Lehman

For I Will Consider Your Dog Molly by David Lehman

For it was the first day of Rosh Ha'shanah, New Year's Day, day of remembrance, of ancient sacrifices and averted calamities. For I started the day by eating an apple dipped in ...

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June 19 by David Lehman

June 19 by David Lehman

What is it about the Abyss that tempts the young poet to kiss the air and head for the nearest cliff? This unreasonable attachment to the bliss of falling -- what accounts for it? ...

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Big Hair by David Lehman

Big Hair by David Lehman

Ithaca, October 1993: Jorie went on a lingerietear, wanting to look like a mollin a Chandler novel. Dinner, consisting of three parts gin and one part lime juice cordial, was a ...

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To The Author Of Glare by David Lehman

To The Author Of Glare by David Lehman

There comes a time when the story turns into twentydifferent stories and soon after that he academy of shadowsretreats to the cave of a solitary boy in a thrivingmetropolis where ...

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When A Woman Loves A Man by David Lehman

When A Woman Loves A Man by David Lehman

When she says Margarita she means Daiquiri.When she says quixotic she means mercurial.And when she says, "I'll never speak to you again,"she means, "Put your arms around me from ...

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March 30 by David Lehman

March 30 by David Lehman

Eighty-one degrees a record high for the daywhich is not my birthday but will do untilthe eleventh of June comes around and I knowwhat I want: a wide-brimmed Panama hatwith a tan ...

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July 12 by David Lehman

July 12 by David Lehman

Wisteria, hysteria is as obvious a rhymeas Viagra and Niagara there must be a reasonhoneymooners traditionally went to the Fallswhich were, said the divine Oscar,an American ...

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08/22/08 by David Lehman

08/22/08 by David Lehman

Today in 1862Claude Debussy was born.I remember where I was and what I was doingone hundred years and two months later:elementary algebra, trombone practice,Julius Caesar on the ...

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October 16 by David Lehman

October 16 by David Lehman

What can you say about the Metsdown three games to noneone run down with six outs to goCedeno singles steals second Mora walksthey pull off a double stealand Olerud singles them ...

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October 12 by David Lehman

October 12 by David Lehman

My bag was missing at the airport"Just one bag?" "Yes, but it meant a lot to me"I had seen the bartender before, but where?"You didn't tell me you had been to Oxford""Yes, I was ...

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Maximism by David Lehman

Maximism by David Lehman

What I propose is not Marxism, which is not dead yet in the English department, Not maximalism, which was a still-born alternative to minimalism, Nor Maxism, which rests ...

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May 8 by David Lehman

May 8 by David Lehman

700 francs will get you $109.91on this muggy May afternoonwhich is good to know sinceI just found 700 francs in my walletwhile Dinah Washington was singing"My Old Flame" I was ...

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July 10 by David Lehman

July 10 by David Lehman

The sky was a midnight bluevelvet cloth drapinga birdcage and no moonbut the breeze was whistlingand the sound of a caron Valentine Place wasthe rush of a waterfallon the phone in ...

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May 26 by David Lehman

May 26 by David Lehman

In Rotterdam I'mgoing to speak aboutthe state of poetryon a panel with a Poleand a Turk. It's worthbeing alive to utterthat sentence. AGerman from Furth,my father's home townand ...

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March 1 by David Lehman

March 1 by David Lehman

I could stare for hoursat her, the woman steppingout of her bath, breastsbare, towel around her waist,before I knew she was you in that one-bedroom in the Village sunny and ...

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Ninth Inning by David Lehman

Ninth Inning by David Lehman

He woke up in New York City on Valentine's Day,Speeding. The body in the booth next to his was still warm,Was gone. He had bought her a sweater, a box of chocolateSaid her life ...

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Operation Memory by David Lehman

Operation Memory by David Lehman

We were smoking some of this knockout weed whenOperation Memory was announced. To his separate bedEach soldier went, counting backwards from a hundredWith a needle in his arm. And ...

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A Little History by David Lehman

A Little History by David Lehman

Some people find out they are Jews.They can't believe it.Thy had always hated Jews.As children they had roamed in gangs on winter nights in the old neighborhood, looking for ...

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September 22 by David Lehman

September 22 by David Lehman

It's the day of the ramand the head of the yearRosh Ha'Shanah atservices I sat next toMel Torme who outshoneall comers with his barmitzvah heroics while onmy left is Barnett ...

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Ode To Pornography by David Lehman

Ode To Pornography by David Lehman

If you could write down the wordsmoving through a man's mind ashe masturbates you'd have a quick bonus bonk read, I used to think. But words were never adequate or the point in ...

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Wittgenstein’s Ladder by David Lehman

Wittgenstein’s Ladder by David Lehman

"My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands them eventually recognizes them as nonsensical, when he has used them -- as ...

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December 14 by David Lehman

December 14 by David Lehman

This bed thy center is, these walls, thy sphere,The tarnished, gaudy, wonderful old workOf hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow,That never touch with inarticulate pangThose ...

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Twelfth Night by David Lehman

Twelfth Night by David Lehman

His first infidelity was a mistake, but not as bigAs her false pregnancy. Later, the boy found outHe was born three months earlier than the dateOn his birth certificate, which had ...

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A Quick One Before I Go by David Lehman

A Quick One Before I Go by David Lehman

There comes a time in every man's life when he thinks: I have never had a single original thought in my life including this one & therefore I shall eliminate all ideas from my ...

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December 7 by David Lehman

December 7 by David Lehman

As I sit at my desk wishingI did not have to edit a bookon poetry and painting asubject that fascinates meusually, but today is not asusual, being today, white sky,decent amount ...

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