A Noiseless Patient Poet


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm .

    Thanks, Lyle. I'll follow up on those links. And I'm with you—the spider is outside. There are a number of ways to read the poem, but unless you insist on an allusion to Whitman or Frost or some other's spider poem, it seems extremely slight. But then I spent half of last year reading Basho, who rarely–through writing very short poems–ever wrote a slight one.

  2. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett March 10, 2010 at 6:18 am .

    I work in a tall office building in downtown Minneapolis — higher up than three floors — and I&#39;ve seen, on occasion, spiders and other multi-legged crawlers on the outside of the windows.<br /><br />(When I&#39;ve seen such creatures there, my first thought hasn&#39;t been &quot;I&#39;m not like that,&quot; but generally something more like &quot;I&#39;m glad I&#39;m not on the outside of

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