Today's poem is "Sestina"
from When a Woman Loves a Man


David Lehman is on the core faculty of the graduate writing program at the New School. In 1988 he launched the Best American Poetry series. He is the author of five previous collections of poetry, most recently The Evening Sun.

About When a Woman Loves a Man:

"In David Lehman's poem 'A History of Modern Poetry,' he writes, 'the idea was to have a voice of your own, / distinctive, sounding like nobody else's / The result was that everybody sounded alike.' This may well be true, but Lehman's 'everybody' voice still sounds uniquely his: wisecracking but resonant with the pleasures of poetry."
—John Ashbery

"Very few writers can actually shape how you see the world. David Lehman is such a writer. His poetry rides the currents of the zeitgeist in ways that are deeply influential. And if you let him alter you, he confers something like peace upon you, for in Lehman the darkest moments are always a beat away from laughter and the lightest things are always going dark around the edges. What strange and profound comfort that is. When a Woman Loves a Man is a truly important collection."
—Robert Olen Butler

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