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Re: Poets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0657  Tuesday, 20 March 2001

From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Mar 2001 14:03:29 -0500
Subject: 12.0459 Re: Poets
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0459 Re: Poets

Karen Peterson-Kranz

"My first speculative response is the intimidation factor."

And, of course, it could be something else:

You've given me no cause for poetry?
What cause did Dante get from Beatrice?
Engorged frustration! (We're alike in this.)
One look and literary history.
Contagious Keats yearned hopelessly.
Sir Philip loved Penelope in vain.
(To anyone who reads, he'll still complain
Her dog was better kissed. Don't pick on me.)

If you had crushed me in your arms instead
Of planting them across your chest, would I
Have grabbed my pen and stabbed you? It's no lie,
Had Laura said to Petrarch, "Come to bed,"
His sonnets would have scarcely come to light.
Successful lovers screw, they do not write.


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