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Daffy Duck In Hollywood

Rating: 3.4

Something strange is creeping across me.
La Celestina has only to warble the first few bars
Of "I Thought about You" or something mellow from
Amadigi di Gaula for everything--a mint-condition can
Of Rumford's Baking Powder, a celluloid earring, Speedy
Gonzales, the latest from Helen Topping Miller's fertile
Escritoire, a sheaf of suggestive pix on greige, deckle-edged
Stock--to come clattering through the rainbow trellis
Where Pistachio Avenue rams the 2300 block of Highland
Fling Terrace. He promised he'd get me out of this one,

That mean old cartoonist, but just look what he's
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Richard Dates 12 May 2009

I imagine I might actually like John Asbery if I met him. He was educated at an elite prep school and the at Harvard. He is from the upper crust of the upper crust. He hung around with the major poets and I doubt if he lacked in the more expensive pleasures. But I don't speak the same language as him. His humor falls flat for me because I don't understand it. This may be a masterpiece among academics...but I understand poems in German more than this. And my German is very limited.

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Fabrizio Frosini 20 October 2015

right! I can't agree more, Richard.. ;)

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Kevin Patrick 19 October 2014

Its a well crafted worked, although it looses out on being obsessed with its own use of clever language to actually make a point about what its trying to be. I can interpret this as an existentialist drama in which poor old Daffy is forced to live to the designs of the artists brush strokes, and his control is impotent to an unfeeling universe. In many ways it feels like an animated feast with imagery but its overdone on the verbosity. This is quality stuff, but sometimes the quantity detracts from the value of the message. Still good though

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Christopher Roberts 19 October 2009

I just want to mention that there is a typo in the read that reads '...on the Tamigi with the Wallets (Walt, Blossom, and little Skeezix) . On this site, your version reads Sleezix, which gives the poem an interesting, but unintentional, slant.

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Georgios Venetopoulos 23 August 2016

#142 on top 500? This must be a joke.

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Georgios Venetopoulos 23 August 2016

I do not see any poem, sir. Just a tongue twister with a story I do not comprehend.

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Edward Kofi Louis 23 August 2016

I thought about you! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Michael Morgan 19 October 2014

Lacks the experience-altering verbal transparency of the best Ashberry, but a larky, ambitious piece, nevertheless.

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Michael Morgan 19 October 2014

You can't like 'Howl' and not like this. MM

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