David Lehman

(June 11, 1948 / New York City)

David Lehman Poems

41. Examples (August 27) 1/13/2003
42. A Little History 1/13/2003
43. Wittgenstein's Ladder 1/13/2003
44. Big Hair 1/13/2003
45. Ode To Pornography 1/13/2003
46. December 14 1/13/2003
47. Twelfth Night 1/13/2003
48. December 7 1/13/2003
49. Sestina 1/13/2003
50. Fifth Amendment 1/13/2003
51. A Quick One Before I Go 1/13/2003
52. April 19 1/13/2003
53. Sexism 1/13/2003
54. The Gift 1/13/2003
55. The Difference Between Pepsi And Coke 1/13/2003
56. February 23 1/13/2003
57. With Tenure 1/13/2003
58. December 25 1/13/2003
59. When A Woman Loves A Man 1/13/2003
Best Poem of David Lehman

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
as I stand disconsolate at the window."

He's supposed to know that.

When a man loves a woman he is in New York and she is in Virginia
or he is in Boston, writing, and she is in New York, reading,
or she is wearing a sweater and sunglasses in Balboa Park and he
is raking leaves in Ithaca
or he is driving to East Hampton and she is standing disconsolate
at the window...

Read the full of When A Woman Loves A Man

May 8

700 francs will get you $109.91
on this muggy May afternoon
which is good to know since
I just found 700 francs in my wallet
while Dinah Washington was singing
"My Old Flame" I was thinking of where
I was with Glen when Allen Ginsberg died
and if I could relax for one hour
if I knew what that felt like

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