David Floren

Mark Twain Is Plumb Wrong

[N.B. This poem is a reaction to Mark Twain's notion that '[w]ar talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.' (source: Bartlett’s Book of Quotations, p.623 §16) .]

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  • David FlorenDavid Floren (2/10/2008 7:16:00 PM)

    Thanks Tai Chi Italy. I can visualize you doing your tai chi thing in the Piazza de Machiavelli, but I'm afraid I'd have to eat a slice of thin crust at that wonderful pizza joint in that square in Firenze.

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  • Tai Chi Italy (2/10/2008 6:24:00 PM)

    God you are a tongue twisting poetic smithy for sure! Wicked work, for the reader too, but my tongue feels so much looser! lol love the feeling, Tai

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  • David FlorenDavid Floren (2/9/2008 12:54:00 AM)

    Several caveats:
    (1) Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors, but I chose to challenge him on a specific point of order and I believe were he alive today to discuss this with me he'd agree with my position.
    (2) My position is that if you interpret Twain's comment literally, that means that Li Po, Tu Fu and hundreds of other incredibly gifted poets would be talking out of their ***es, and we all know that can't be the case.

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  • William Jackson (2/9/2008 12:44:00 AM)

    Interesting retort to Twain's observation that there is nothing quite like actually experiencing something for one's self, and that experience makes for a better spring board when examining the truths of life.

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