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April 25, 2008

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Did Columbus
write a Galliambus?
My sympathies
are with the dipodies,
iambic or catalectic,
catatonic or dialectic.
Columns Ionic
know not bionic.
A sprig of anacasis
forms the basis
for my body's oasis,
and my face's.

beautiful! btw henry howard said to have intro'd iambic pentameter to english, but that's somewhat hard to visualize -- something kenneth koch would write a funny poem about. surrey died when he was only abut 30 after being imprisoned for some time. apparently was sort of a troublemaker maybe the kind who acted up in study hall etc. his poem "so cruel prison, how could betide..." is a great one.

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