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June 10, 2012

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I believe that it was Senor William Matthews, the late poet, who wrote "let me share this knife with your throat," and you put the poem in "The Oxford Book of American Poets." Gotcha! PS I pretty much like everyone on that list. Isn't Arnold Stang in "The Man with the Golden Arm"?

Men all used to wear fedoras.
Then JFK became President.
Then he got assassinated and the people tuned out, turned on, dropped out, took LSD
and blew their minds in communes where people were expected to share things like peanut butter but in reality nobody did the dishes. They had learned the importance of sharing in kindergarten and by golly they were going to prove that they learned everything truly important in kindergarten. Well, that's possible, I guess. But I can't believe that in the future everybody is going to continue to want to share things.

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