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April 20, 2023



This raises a few questions, doesn't it.

1)Aren't all (or at least most) poems 'erotic' in their deep structure?
2)Don't all(or at least most) poets secretly (or not so secretly)want to hump their muse?
3)Did Freud overthink it?
4)Is human sex just primate "super grooming"?

Etc. More after reading the book

1) It's a comparative, not an absolute judment; some poems are more erotic than others. "Kubla Khan" is more erotic than "Sailing to Byzantium."
2) To hump their muse? Would they really opt for such a way of phrasing it?
3) The great value of Freud's work is that he overthought everything. I try to reread "Civilization and its Discontents" annually.
4) I don't think so.
It's great to get the questions and I hope you'll have others. Thanks.

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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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