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December 02, 2012

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As Walt Frazier would say, "so nice, let's read it twice." -- DL

yes WCW did say that in the essay "The Tortuous Straightness of Chas. Henri Ford" in his collected essays.

He said: "To me the sonnet form is thoroughly banal because it is a word in itself whose meaning is definitely fascistic. To use it subverts most intelligences."

Not to over-parse WCW, his "it" in the second sentence refers to "the word itself," that is, "sonnet." He thinks the sonnet FORM is "banal" because a poem's being tagged as a sonnet "subverts most intelligences." So the form isn't fascistic—the designation is.

That said, if "Nothing in that Drawer" is a sonnet, I'm Santa Claus.

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