David Lehman

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David Lehman grew up the son of European Holocaust refugees in Manhattan's northernmost neighborhood of Inwood. He attended Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University, and Cambridge University in England on a Kellett Fellowship. He later received a Ph.D. in English from Columbia, where he was Lionel Trilling's research assistant. Lehman's poem ...
Popular Poems
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When A Woman Loves A Man
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 behind
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2.
December 25
Christmas defeated Chanukah
once again last night
by a margin of three billion dollars
or so, but every time I hear
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3.
September 22
It's the day of the ram
and the head of the year
Rosh Ha'Shanah at
services I sat next to
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4.
Big Hair
Ithaca, October 1993: Jorie went on a lingerie
tear, wanting to look like a moll
in a Chandler novel. Dinner, consisting of three parts gin
and one part lime juice cordial, was a prelude to her hair.
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5.
With Tenure
If Ezra Pound were alive today
(and he is)
he'd be teaching
at a small college in the Pacific Northwest
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
Obscurantism is the academic theorist's revenge on society for having consigned him or her to relative obscurity—a way of proclaiming one's superiority in the face of one's diminished influence.
11 November 2014
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
11 November 2014
Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider magnetic field. No one owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used.

Comments

Michael Walker 30 July 2019
He has a stimulating, if slightly obscure, style. Makes demands on the reader where meaning is concerned.
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Michael Walker 29 July 2019
I very much liked a long poetry anthology which you edited, 'The Oxford Book of American Poetry'. This was my introduction to modern, worthwhile poetry which was written in the U.S.
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Grace Mariner 05 August 2016
I really like your work, particularly in regards to the relationship between the sexes. How we all ever manage to get together in the wake of our disastrous differences is amazing!
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