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June 17, 2024

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Nin,

Great post & great cartoon (she's gotta be Marilyn, right?)

I had never encountered the remarkable Stein quip (thanks, David for that) but it immediately triggered this--


Ode To Nouns

Poetry is nothing but using losing refusing and
pleasing and betraying and caressing nouns.

- Gertrude Stein

Fire

Stone

Water

Whale

Dirt

Worm

Grass

Ant

Snake

Frog

Tree

Bird

Sky

Cloud

Moon

Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun

and

Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars Stars

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