July/Aug 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 4 Poetry |

Correspondences

The speaker with his hand held to his mouth like a shield corresponded to the expensive shrink with his hearing aid turned off who was like the surgeon enjoying a smoke after the operation who reminded me of the slow-walking winner of the hundred-yard dash who married the Peeping Tom professor of film studies, who snorted coke with the cop who lived next door to the life-affirming funeral director who had his hair cut by the bald belligerent barber who lived upstairs from the amnesiac at work on her autobiography who never heard of the author of The Death of the Author, who died.

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David Lehman's most recent books are New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013) and A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Schocken), which won the ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award in 2010. He launched The Best American Poetry in 1988 and continues as the annual anthology's general editor.

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