Monday, December 31, 2018

POEM: “June 11” by David Lehman


Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003

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June 11

It's my birthday I've got an empty stomach and the desire to be lazy in the hammock and maybe go for a cool swim on a hot day with the trombone in Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin" in my head and then to break for lunch a corned-beef sandwich and Pepsi with plenty of ice cubes unlike France where they put one measly ice cube in your expensive Coke and when you ask for more they argue with you they say this way you get more Coke for the money showing they completely misunderstand the nature of American soft drinks which are an excuse for ice cubes still I wouldn't mind being there for a couple of days Philip Larkin's attitude toward China comes to mind when asked if he'd like to go there he said yes if he could return the same day

—David Lehman

About the Poet

One of the foremost editors, literary critics, and anthologists of contemporary American literature, David Lehman (1948 - ) is also one of its most accomplished poets. Born in New York City in 1948, Lehman earned a PhD from Columbia University and attended the University of Cambridge as a Kellett Fellow. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Yeshiva Boys (2009), When a Woman Loves a Man (2005); and The Evening Sun (2002) and The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry (1998), two collections of poems culled from Lehman’s five-year long project of writing a poem a day.

Learn more about David Lehman at the Poetry Foundation. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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