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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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August 03, 2007


What an absolutely gorgeous passage.

Okay - need to get me some of that.

Did you ever have a chance to flip thru Cinnamon Peelers?

Yes, and I love it. That first poem about being on the porch and looking at old family photos kills me. He's such a gorgeous writer. Thank you again!!

"My life was a beautiful mystery on the verge of understanding, always on the verge! Think of it!"


That is awesome. I'm going to have to copy the whole thing down.

Somewhere I still have a poem of his (about putting on shoes, I think) that you wrote out on construction paper with a marker and gave to me for some reason or other. I used to have it hanging inside my closet door at Collins.

Thanks, Claire. I've read isolated poems of his that played in my head a few days. This one I won't forget. I'm off to The Strand book store now. It's around the corner. Thanks.

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