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Get out of town,
You featherheaded carpetbagging Wall St. clown,
Scott Brown!

Notes below.

1. My assumption is that Poets Laureate retain their title, as do Senators (and, we are told incessantly, Marines). One is not an "ex Senator," for example.

2. The particular poet laureate is Donald Hall, of Andover, New Hampshire.  He's "from away" but now lives in his grandfather's house, IIRC. (He wrote a book about finding a box of string in the attic, from his grandfather.  It was labeled "String Too Short to be Saved." That is not relevant to this diary, but you are welcome to comment on it.)

3. I am within the three-paragraph guidance on Fair Use.  But that's the whole damn poem (which appeared in the Concord Monitor.)

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  •  Well, I'll comment on the string (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love, jasan

    from a lazy perspective of never having read the book.  I've just always loved the story and title.

    And I'm projecting my own late grandfather onto Mr Hall's.

    It's beautiful, in some strange (or not) confluence of Bert and I downeast humor and zen.  "Sly" is a good word here.

    On the surface you want to laugh at the grandfather. "Doesn't he realize...?"

    But of course he does. And he performs this little act, of boxing up and labeling the string, with no audience but himself.

    It's really vicious humor. And he makes himself the butt of it.

    Because he has figured out that we're all in the same boat.

    (I hope he is cackling now, thinking something like "Made you look!")

  •  I knew him in Ann Arbor (2+ / 0-)
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    Elwood Dowd, jasan

    when he was teaching there.

    I can't say this is one of his best pieces. But it's nice that he's got his head screwed on properly.

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:48:32 PM PDT

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