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No, he wasn't sorry.

It was a rhetorical question.

I know, but I thought it merited an answer anyway.

For emphasis. :-)

Poems like this are so impressive in their simplicity.

I have of late been on the other side of this poem--but it was pears.


Oh good, now you can write one of those "herstory" versions of a famous work, like the novels about Captain Ahab's wife and St. Augustine's girlfriend.

I can't believe that you actually think I'm capable of writing anything anymore. ;-)


Such a fine poem

Yes. It's a gimmick, but it works. I was wondering whether the editors of my old Selected Poems of Williams considered it worthy of inclusion, and they do.

Janet, I'm sure you are, but now that you mention it you may not be the right person. It needs an angry feminist to fully draw out all the oppression implicit in the poem.

If anything can raise me to that level of anger, it would be going to the fridge for some tasty morsel that I had been anticipating all day and finding that someone had been there before me. That would not be specifically feminine, though, more in line with that of the Hulk.


The feminist angle would consist not so much in the anger about the loss of the morsel but in placing the incident within a grand historical narrative of men's mistreatment of women, and being angry about that. That might be less spectacular than the Hulk-like rage, but it would keep indefinitely.:-)

I have actually started a poem post, but my progeny interrupted. I should have some time to finish it soon.


I have actually
--by Janet Cupo

started a poem post,
but my progeny
I should have some time
to finish it

Would you like to collaborate, Robert?


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