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ON THE INDESTRUCTIBILITY OF READING MATTER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A lad whose life is pure and clean
Last Line: And love its cardiac motive power.
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Books; Poetry Readings; Rhyme; Reading


A LAD whose life is pure and clean—
His stuff is cosmic, sempiternal;
Whether in Harper's Magazine
Or in the so-called Evening Journal.

He needs no 24-point blurb,
His verse requires no Gothic 10-point,
For folks to say, "Believe me, Herb,
Some ooze comes off of that guy's pen point!"

I wrote some poetry at home—
I lived, you know, at Sabine Junction—
A wolf came up and glimpsed my pome,
And slammed the door with vulpine unction.

A big, big, big, big wolf was he:
(And if you crave corroboration,
Look up Ode 22 and see
The difficulties of translation.)

Lived I where Kipling pens his rhymes,
Or where Le Gallienne pens his stanzas;
And worked I for the London Times,
Or for a sheet in Howell, Kansas—

Oh, ship me to some desert isle
Or leave me in my Conning Tower,
Still shall I sing my Carrie's smile
And love its cardiac motive power.





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