David Lehman

David Lehman  is a poet who has acted as quizmaster of "Next Line, Please" since its inception in 2014. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and general editor of The Best American Poetry series.

Questions and Echoes

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Why Not?

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 09, 2019

A New Genre

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Lehman Trilogy

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Red Eyes and Blue Moons

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Two-Word Titles

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Trope of a Nation

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Reverse Scrabble

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 26, 2019

This Was Glory, Too

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Stanzaic Choreography

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Doubling Down

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Beneath a Blood Wolf Moon

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Expanse of Spirit

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tributes to May in January

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Four-Word Lines

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 08, 2019

“For Years You’ve Kept Me Hanging …”

by David Lehman | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

“It Was I”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Wardrobe of Excuses

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The False Confession

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 16, 2018

An Epigraph in Search of a Poem

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Like People in Novels

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Title Precedes Text

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Time to Tee Up

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Hole in One

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Hazards, Brawls, and the Value of Bad Titles

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Life of Words

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

An Ample Meal

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Let the Names Begin

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 25, 2018

“What’s in a Name?”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Best of Everything

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Best Is Here to Stay

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Of Rivers, Lovers, Battles, and Repetitions

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Checkmate in 10 Moves

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How to Cheat

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Two Lines a Day

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Bold Caravan Departs

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Companionable Poems

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Alphabet as Hero

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Imaginary Trips to Real Places

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Homage to Anna Kamienska

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 29, 2018

We Want a Hero

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What You Will Miss the Most

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pierre Loves Natasha

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Long Story Short (But I Could Be Wrong)

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Long Ago, Shortly After …

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Your Ghostly Companion

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Interplay of Voices

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Violet of Roses

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 03, 2018

What’s in a Name?

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 24, 2018

We Need a New Word

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Neither Fugues nor Feathers

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This Prophecy Merlin Shall Make

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The Hedgehogs and the Foxes

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

From Beethoven to the Abyss, With Love and an Unpacked Suitcase

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Six Ways Forward

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Minister of Loneliness

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Honor Role

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Postcard From the Future

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Poetry Is Mistranslation

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 13, 2018

“Come live with me and be my love”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Flowering Thyme

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 30, 2018

About a Boy

Read an excerpt from a perpetual poem-in-progress

by David Lehman | Monday, December 04, 2017

Hamlet’s Ghostly Presence

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Top Ten

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Estimated Wait Time

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Toasts and Resolutions

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Double Your Pleasure

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 19, 2017

And Be Careful, Darling

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Abecedarius in 26 Words

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The Tragic Acrostic

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Antigone

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Autumn Haiku

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The One Thing

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 07, 2017

What Can Save Us?

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More Marianne Moore

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time, Fear, Lust, Truth, and Grant’s Tomb

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Good, Worse, Best

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Nocturnal Proof

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Impossible Dream

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Miss Understanding Prevails

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Remembering JA

Thoughts on the poet of New York

by David Lehman | Wednesday, September 06, 2017

From Minor Errors, Mighty Words May Flow

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Captain Lehman Salutes the Troops

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 05, 2017

How August, How Noble

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Secret Sharer

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Taking Liberties

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 15, 2017

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Renga Goes On

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 01, 2017

From Tanka to Renga

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

From Haiku to Tanka

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Got Game? Time for a Summer Haiku

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Games Poets Play

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 04, 2017

As You Like It

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dirty Love

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pastimes of Peace

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Peace Dividend

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Black Car

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Pill

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Well, They Are Gone . . .

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Inimitable

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Building on Byron and Keats

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 25, 2017

From a Likeness to a Delicacy

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What It Was Like

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Spirit of Collaboration

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Beautiful and Sublime

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Triumph of the Epigraph

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Word Golf

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hot Toddy

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

When Two Strangers Meet

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Airport Buoyancy

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Let’s Write a Sestina

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winning Stanza Refuses to Cave

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chemosabe

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 03, 2015

“Her Winsome Style”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sestina: Stanza 4

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sinatra’s Century

A brief excerpt from David Lehman’s new book about Ol' Blue Eyes

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Midnight Champagne

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Darkness Visible

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Looking Ahead

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Key That Confirms the Lock

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Unmasking

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bliss is Momentary in the Mind

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Plot Twist–or Two

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Terms of Interment

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The Rules of Engagement

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Uniformity

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Mood of Doom, Where Guns Are Snug

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stanza 5: “Six Options”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Like Dancing Down the Aisle

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mary’s Tip

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Caged But Free ...

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Are the Words of the Prophets Written on Prison Walls?

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Two-Line Poem

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Melodious Song

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

From Bouquet to Wreath

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Complete with “Compline”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wind and Ice

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Let’s Assemble a Cento

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Our Crowd-Sourced Cento: Stanza One

Ten Blind Nights

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cento, Stanza Two

The Experience of Repetition

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

“Nobody Heard Him”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down …

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Similes Are Like Detours—or Shortcuts

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

“In my end is my beginning”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“Homage to Auden”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Poems and Secret Messages

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Erase and Change

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

“Conscience versus Consequence”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let’s Do It Again

A new crowd-sourced sonnet, one line at a time

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 06, 2015

After Labor Day

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Play It, Sam

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Heaven, Hope, or a Ghostly Sight

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Good-For-You Chocolate

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ruby Tuesday

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Papa Joins Mama

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Title Search

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Leaves of Presence

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Galloping Ghosts

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Control Panel

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This Week’s Haiku to Become Next Week’s Tanka

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Job of Work

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Walt Whitman’s Manly Diet

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 03, 2016

In Handbags, Purses, and Wallets

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Liszt Poem

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Snifter and a Hoodie

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Reasons to Live

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 14, 2016

No Entry

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 08, 2016

The Chill

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 15, 2016

You Must Get Drunk

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Let the Renga Reign

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Forward

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Fake Apology

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 30, 2016

But There’s No Knot for Me

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 11, 2016

“Yet Once More, O Ye Laurels ... ”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ode to Woody Allen

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Young Lycidas

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

“I Stop Somewhere Waiting for You”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 18, 2016

No, I Am Not ...

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 04, 2016

“April Is the Cruelest Month, [Because]”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Pen Name Is Mightier than the Word

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Under the Dark Marquee

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Behind the Curtain

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

T. S. Eliot: Still Undefeated

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blues in the Night

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Break with Tradition

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Looking for Line One

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 28, 2016

You Choose

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Judgment of Paris

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Prompting a Poem, Dreaming of a Drink

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Familiar Public Place

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Potency of Cocktails

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Heresy and Quarrel

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Painterly Poems

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Heretics

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 28, 2017

May I Finish What You Started?

by David Lehman | Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You Weren’t Serious When You Said

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Greater Than the Sum of Lust and Duty

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Quick Meditations

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Simplicity

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Addressing the Universe (or One Aspect of It)

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Building a Sonnet

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Three-Way Mirror

by David Lehman | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

One Hundred Autobiographies

Preview a memoir in progress

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Twelve

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Fourteen

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Old Acrostic, New Acrostic

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Two Poems

by David Lehman | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Radical Pessimist’s Priceless Patter

Dashiell Hammett took the detective story out of the parlor and into the street

by David Lehman | Monday, September 07, 2015

Two Philosophers

What would Kierkegaard and Hegel do about the crises of our day?

by David Lehman | Monday, June 09, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line One

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Two

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Three

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Four

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Five

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Six

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Winning Couplet Grows (into a Sonnet Ghazal)

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Seven

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Lines Eight and Nine

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Ten

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Eleven

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: Line Thirteen

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Help Us Write a Sonnet: The Title

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The August Haiku

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This Week’s Haiku, Next Week’s Tanka

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Tanka in Toto

by David Lehman | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Who’s Waldo?

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A Whim of Irony

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Shortest Story Ever Told

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let’s Be Misunderstood

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Finish What Dickinson Started

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tara’s Theme

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Diss All Cumbrances

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Way of All Whim

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Couplet

by David Lehman | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Of Ciphers—In the Brain

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Last Shall Be First

by David Lehman | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sense of an Ending

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Rhyme Sandwich

by David Lehman | Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Exit No Exit

Whatever happened to existentialism?

by David Lehman | Saturday, March 01, 2008

Brush Up Your Berlin

And beware of kiss-me-I’m-poetical junk

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Why I Love You

by David Lehman | Friday, June 03, 2011

No R

Kaminsky knows how to survive in the business: start a magazine that almost nobody can understand, and become the darling of the academy

by David Lehman | Monday, June 18, 2012

Freud’s Immortal Question

Or, one student’s adventures in higher learning

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 04, 2012