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Dickinson had a cockatoo

she called Semiramis

and loved dearly.

Whitman was a trencherman,

his favorite dish

a mulligan stew.

Frost went for long walks.

Eliot played croquet.

Pound took fencing lessons.

There is a snapshot of Yeats

with a woman in a garden,

naked to the waist and smiling.

Auden, when he was old,

counted the sheets of toilet paper

that a visitor used.

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Published in Louis Simpson Poems

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