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Subject:

Re: a snap, maybe, with intro

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Patrick McManus <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc provides a venue for a dialogue relating to poetry and poetics <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 14 Apr 2005 09:47:29 +0100

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The found underground poem I find terrifying is
TRAINS TERMINATE AT THE END OF THE LINE

-----Original Message-----
From: Poetryetc provides a venue for a dialogue relating to poetry and
poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lawrence Upton
Sent: 13 April 2005 21:48
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: a snap, maybe, with intro

There is a whole new generation that has grown up to whom I can say this - I
havent mentioned it for years

I have a found proverb

It was on a sign for many years by Platform 9 of Victoria Stn in London

MANY TRAINS DIVIDE ON ROUTE

L
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Mark Weiss
  To: [log in to unmask]
  Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 9:22 PM
  Subject: a snap, maybe, with intro


  Alison, it's really your call whether this qualifies as a snap.


  For a number of years I wanted to write a fortune cookie poem. At one
point
  I had a party for which I had fortune cookies made, stuffed with recycled
  lines from poems, except for one, the only fortune I ever managed to
write.
  It went:

  If you have broken this cookie with your fingers
  don't lick them.

  What can I say? As a USian paranoia is always easy to summon up.

  Then I thought it might be fun to write a proverb. Nothing happened for 20
  years, until a friend quoted a comment by an Iditarod driver. The story
  went something like this:

  When asked what motivated the dogs, the driver responded: "The lead dog
has
  a great view. Harder to understand what motivates the others--for them the
  view's always the same.

  This got me thinking about the psychology of dogs, and I came up with:

  ESKIMO PROVERB

  The lead dog has the tastiest asshole.

  or, in the Queen's English,

  The lead dog has the tastiest arsehole.

  This quickly morphed into :

  The top dog has the tastiest asshole (arsehole).

  I tried it out. It seems to me to be enormously useful. If Bush
  unaccountably gets away with something, "Like they say, 'the top dog has
  the tastiest asshole'"
  If a poet whose work seems to me shallow wins a big prize, "The top
dog..."
  If Microsoft markets a beta model as a consumer product, "The top dog..."

  You get my drift.

  So now I've written a proverb, and I don't have to think about it anymore.
  I hope everyone who reads this will use it in conversation, to speed the
  day when it's quoted back to me by a stranger.


  Solomon Weiss

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