To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Ferlinghetti Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 20:43:47 -0800 X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V5.00.2314.1300 Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Ferlinghetti's "Baseball Canto" and "Dog" both take the reader through clever and insightful thought-experiences. One can imagine the poet actually seeing the Baseball game in relation to Ezra Pound's *Cantos*. The poet sits, envisioning Juan Marichal destroying the Anglo Saxon tradition, and his thoughts/comparisons/musings are developed and recorded in the poem. He sees the dog, and completely experiences the simple reality of the dog, but adds to this experience witty and ironic narrative. That the dog is "a real realist", a "democratice dog" and a "living questionmark" are not just a record of the "dog" reality, but they are the comments of a hypersensitive, empathetic human mind stretching itself to the reality of the dog, but never leaving behind its own intellectual foundations. These are wonderful musings, and the form is sponaneous and wild, but a little less intense than "Howl". The poems enumerate abstraction with extemporaneous surges of poetic inquiry, and they are explosions of description unified by one original idea. I think that they are fantastic.