David Lehman

David Lehman , a contributing editor of the Scholar, is a poet, critic, and the general editor of The Best American Poetry annual anthology. His book One Hundred Autobiographies has just been published.

A Prophet of the Truly Great

Harold Bloom’s lasting influence

by David Lehman | Monday, October 21, 2019

A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Poetry Noir

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Get Hurt—or Go Back to Work

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Starting With the End

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Marriage Equation

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Patricians and Peasants

by David Lehman | Tuesday, July 02, 2019

How to Be a Big-League Critic

Helpful hints from a professional

by David Lehman | Monday, June 03, 2019

Updike on Couples

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nine-Line Stanzas

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Impromptu

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Sonnet Is Ample Space

by David Lehman | Tuesday, June 04, 2019

“If history can teach us anything …”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 28, 2019

“A Letter is a Joy of Earth”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Read Emily’s Mind

by David Lehman | Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Poetic Metamorphosis

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Love Poem in an Unromantic Age

by David Lehman | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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