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For I Will Consider Your Dog Molly a poem, by David Lehman
A beautiful poem memorializing Glen's and Lynn's first dog, Molly, an Airedale Terrier.

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David Lehman

David Lehman

David Lehman graduated from Columbia College, attended Cambridge University as a Kellett Fellow, and received his doctorate from Columbia University. He is the author of seven books of poems, most recently YESHIVA BOYS, and WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A MAN, THE EVENING SUN, THE DAILY MIRROR, VALENTINE PLACE, OPERATION MEMORY, and AN ALTERNATIVE TO SPEECH. His other books include A FINE ROMANCE: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, which won an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award, THE LAST AVANT-GARDE: The Making of the New York School of Poets, which was named a "Book to Remember" by the New York Public Library, SIGNS OF THE TIMES: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man, THE PERFECT MURDER: A Study in Detection, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and two collections of essays, THE BIG QUESTION and THE LINE FORMS HERE.

David Lehman is also series editor of the annual THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY, which he started in 1988, and is the former general editor of the University of Michigan Press's POETS ON POETRY series. Succeeding previous editors F. O. Matthiessen and Richard Ellman, he is the editor of a new edition of the OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN POETRY. He has edited a number of other anthologies and collections, such as GREAT AMERICAN PROSE POEMS: From Poe to the Present, ECSTATIC OCCASIONS, EXPEDIENT FORMS: 65 Leading Contemporary Poets Select and Comment on Their Poems, THE KGB BAR BOOK OF POEMS (with Star Black), BEYOND AMAZEMENT: New Essays on John Ashbery, and JAMES MERRILL: Essays in Criticism (with Charles Berger). His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award. He teaches at the New School and NYU and often is a visiting professor or guest lecturer at other universities and writing programs.

In the introduction to Lehman's poems in TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY, the editors write: "Lehman creates verbal games, and by pushing his ingenious narrative or linguistic diversions to their furthest conclusions, he creates a curiously accessible and entertaining sort of experimental poetry.... [His style] can best be described as poised, electric, and provisional; each new poem seems determined to depart from its predecessors.... Worldly but never world-weary, he represents the contemporary New York sensibility at its most splendidly cosmopolitan."

AN ALTERNATIVE TO SPEECH (Princeton University Press, 1986)

BEST AMERICAN EROTIC POEMS: From 1800 to the Present (Scribner, 2008)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2002: Guest Editor, Robert Creeley (Scribner, 2002)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2003: Guest Editor, Yusef Komunyakaa (Scribner, 2003)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2004: Guest Editor, Lyn Hejinian (Scribner, 2004)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2005: Guest Editor, Paul Muldoon (Scribner, 2005)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2006: Guest Editor, Billy Collins (Scribner, 2006)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2007: Guest Editor, Heather McHugh (Scribner, 2007)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2008: Guest Editor, Charles Wright (Scribner, 2008)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2009: Guest Editor, David Wagoner (Scribner, 2009)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2010: Guest Editor, Amy Gerstler (Scribner, 2010)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2011: Guest Editor, Kevin Young (Scribner, 2011)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2012: Guest Editor, Mark Doty (Scribner, 2012)

BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2013: Guest Editor, Denise Duhamel (Scribner, 2013)

BEST OF THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY: Guest Editor, Harold Bloom (Scribner, 1998)

THE BIG QUESTION (University of Michigan Press, 1995)

THE DAILY MIRROR: A Journal in Poetry (Scribner, 2000)

ECSTATIC OCCASIONS, EXPEDIENT FORMS: 85 Leading Contemporary Poets Select and Comment on Their Poems (Macmillan, 1987)

THE EVENING SUN: A Journal in Poetry (Scribner, 2002)

A FINE ROMANCE: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Schocken, 2009)

GREAT AMERICAN PROSE POEMS: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003)

THE LAST AVANT-GARDE: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998)

THE LINE FORMS HERE (University of Michigan Press, 1992)

NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Scribner, 2013)

OPERATION MEMORY (Princeton University Press, 1990)

THE OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN POETRY (Oxford University Press, 2006)

THE PERFECT MURDER: A Study in Detection (The Free Press, 1989)

SIGNS OF THE TIMES: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man (Poseidon Press, 1991)

VALENTINE PLACE: Poems (Scribner, 1996)

WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A MAN: Poems (Scribner, 2005)

YESHIVA BOYS: Poems (Scribner, 2009)

THE KGB BAR BOOK OF POEMS (with Star Black View Bio)

BEST OF THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (with Robert Pinsky View Bio)

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David Lehman: “There is something more to be said in defense of writing programs, and that is that they carry on the work of literary education.
English departments in colleges and universities used to instill in students a love of literature and an interest in its traditions and its history. Maybe some still do. But the academic study of literature has been theory-driven for twenty-five years, and one result is an extraordinary neglect of the great traditions, the classics, the poets and philosophers of the past....MORE >>>

David Lehman: “There is something more to be said in defense of writing programs...
and that is that they carry on the work of literary education. English departments in colleges and universities used to instill in students a love of literature and an interest in its traditions and its history. Maybe some still do. But the academic study of literature has been theory-driven for twenty-five years, and one result is an extraordinary neglect of the great traditions, the classics, the poets and philosophers of the past....MORE >>>