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Tone,
It's the key,
Or the axe--

Words might lack
The clarity of
y = x2,
But only the polyglots
Care,
Or complain,
I cogitate

(Blaaagh!).

And Ezra Newton--
Do you remember him?
He was no linguistic prude,
Or prune;
He tossed Cantos-salad,
Like a juggler tossing
Knives,
Like Robert Lowell
(Scoundrel, poet, or both?)
Juggling fidelity
And freedom
(Whose Imitations
("Reckless with literal meaning")
Sang its own songs?),
Carving sculptures
With chisel and Bly's 8 steps,
Aiming for "rightness of hand,"
Like a trembling archer
Aiming for the deer's
Heart.


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