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April 18, 2021

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If I could have spur of the moment crazed unprotected sex with a poem I’d pick this one to take home!

This is delightful, starting with iconic hand to chin, big-horned philosophical gaze. Buridan’s Ass had the same problem as Aristotle’s equally hungry and thirsty man—placed between food and drink, he starved in a fatal equilibrium of choices. Moral: always carry a tossable coin in your pocket. (Although, an Ass doesn't have a pocket.) Thanks for privileging fun in profundity in poetry!

Elinor is and has always been the great underheralded treasure of the poetry world, and the funniest, sexiest, and smartest underheralded treasure too

I haven't encountered the phrase "Buridan's ass" since the required course in LOGIC I took as a college freshman half a century ago. I've been relying on that course's rigor ever since in order to detect and deflect the donkey dung flung mostly by politicians. Elinor's invocation of Buridan made me laugh. Her entire poem is a delicious, lubricious delight putting an enduring smile on my face. It's the kind of verse you can always burro into further with an assured reward. Wonderful!


Thanks, Earle, for the comment. I personally think Buridan & Balaam should join forces.
But maybe that would be too asinine or illogical.

A great mind teaser and poem to learn and laugh with! I love the way Elinor's poem shakes it all loose and gives thought folic!

Elinor is a 3rd degree black belt in karate!!

Pure, blunt, persistent, vital, real, enviable, direct, fun, charged, this poem wakes life up and reminds us of how vocal a voice can feel and be.

Ah Elinor -- what a wonderful voice, so sane

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