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December 23, 2022


Perfect little poem.

what terence said

I was there. The owner gave it to the waitress later. So much for this bad "poem."


Thanks for a terrific haiku duo. Herbert uses the form to nice (Western)ends.

2 questions:

1)Was Herbert related to Tom Engelhardt (of TomDispatch fame)?

2)What's the meaning of the title in Herbert's poem "Flesh 78" in your previous post about him?

BTW,congrats on your new poetry collection. I'll get to it eventually, assuming I live reasonably far into my 80s, which start in a couple of weeks.

May 2023 bring us all a few blessings. (Trump in handcuffs would be a good start, no?)

Ken Lauter

In fact, what did I see? I saw the owner give the dollars to the waitress and saw his children run out and embrace his legs, whereupon he carried them around on his feet while they laughed with glee. He was a kind father, and his children loved him. I witnessed this at Tioga and Farm Street intersection in Ithaca, New York, at a restaurant whose name I no longer remember. But the diner made a great "BoBurger", which was a hamburger and egg sandwich.

His hate-filled class-condescending poem is bad. That sums it up, but one might add that such "poetry" reveals the badness of all contemporary poetry in general, where picayune observations lead to grave insults to humanity, which undermines all human sympathy.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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