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Posted By: chazkratz
10-Jun-06 - 07:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: I met a real war hero
Subject: RE: BS: I met a real war hero
Hear, hear, Amos. And Greg, thanks for posting "Olaf," one of my favorite cummings poems--when first published it had to be "your f.ing flag" and "some s. i will not eat."

I have always been troubled by the last half of the last line--"more blond than you"--for which I cannot imagine a non-racist meaning (coming after "threw the yellowsonofabitch
into a dungeon")

I also like this one among his many antiwar writings:

my sweet old etcetera
aunt lucy during the recent

war could and what
is more did tell you just
what everybody was fighting

for,
my sister

Isabel created hundreds
(and
hundreds) of socks not to
mention shirts fleaproof earwarmers

etcetera wristers etcetera,my

mother hoped that

i would die etcetera
bravely of course my father used
to become hoarse talking about how it was
a privilege and if only he
could meanwhile my

self etcetera lay quietly
in the deep mud et

cetera
(dreaming,
et
cetera, of
Your smile
Eyes knees and of your Etcetera

Charles