Thursday, November 12, 2009

Player Piano

Forgive me for linking to such an old post (August 2009, which in internet years is equal to the time between the end of the dinosaurs and the appearance of homo sapiens.) 

David Yezzi introduces one of my favorite poems, by one of my favorite poets: "The Player Piano" by Randall Jarrell. 

Reading this again, after a long interval, I can see Jarrell's influence on my work, my work poorer by comparison. But this poem! I love the phrase "Play I play." And that heart wounding line: "If only, somehow, I had learned to live!" 


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