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Mitch Sisskind - Correspondent at Large

"Sonnet 73" -- Great Poems of the World. episode 2, with David Lehman and Mitch Sisskind

Warning: around a third of the way through a HIATUS suddenly takes place. 
Don't be alarmed. The HIATUS doesn't go on for long. That's almost the 
definition of a HIATUS, isn't it? Something that doesn't go on for long. 
"The Godfather Part III" is not a HIATUS. 

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

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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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