1. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker March 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm .

    in the (Potomac / Anacostia) river that we swam in<br />during the early 50&#39;s <br /><br />the &quot;fish&quot; that we called &#39;bottom feeders&#39; were the Washington D.C. Lawyers (Politicians).<br /> flounder, cat-fish…. also &#39;bottom-feeders&#39; .. one we poached &amp; tuthher we deep-fried !<br /><br />now ? me thinks that all fish are poison grown in &quot;farms&quot; (

  2. vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras)
    vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) February 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm .

    When I was &quot;growing up&quot;–never got very grown up, I&#39;m afraid–us small fry would fish the not-so-pure Willapa River for bottom fish called &quot;suckers&quot;–not too clean owing to the impurities in the river but we swam in it along with the fish.

  3. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker February 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm .

    I like &quot;that&quot; : Poetica Amnesia &amp;,<br />me thinks, &quot;that&quot; is not possible<br />with-in &amp; with-out &quot;its&quot; (&quot;thats&quot; <br />con-comit-ant &quot;this&quot; ?<br /><br />so &quot;that&quot;any &quot;poetry/poet&quot; must<br />realize (it s own) intimacy &amp; con<br />-tainment ?<br /><br />in other words:<br /><br />&quot;Water which is too pure has no

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm .

    I&#39;m not sure what Aristotle thought about <i>poets</i> and virtue, but it seems clear to me that poets can be fairly beastly and still serve as conduits for knowledge and virtue. This makes no sense unless something like the situation I sketched out <a href="http://perpetualbird.blogspot.com/2012/01/friday-notebook-012012.html&quot; rel="nofollow">here</a> is going on. Of course, the authenticity

  5. vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras)
    vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) February 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm .

    Thanks for this, Joe but if by “that” Conrad means the qualities of virtue and knowledge in poets, I’d say they were washed overboard from the craft to make room for other more dubious but seaworthy qualities, which in my encroaching state of Poetica Amnesia I find hard to remember; perhaps I shall call that lugubrious roller of big cigars (Nharwhale Sealaman) to light my pyre and illuminate my

  6. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato February 26, 2012 at 12:58 am .

    Joseph,<br /><br />I like Cavalier&#39;s &quot;extended&quot; application of poeisis, and I agree, of the three, poetry most properly belongs to &quot;virtue and knowledge&quot;. When I was younger I held it as a undisputed truth that our best poets were our most virtuous people. I had people like Auden, Stevens, Rilke in mind.<br /><br />Whatever happened to that?

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