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Thanks, TqB.

There's quite a lot to do in tree surgery at the moment, but I'll take a look soon. I get tired sometimes, because I'm over a hundred years old.

In the meantime, here are a few thoughts on the sonnet.

I'm not overly keen on minimal punctuation, because it takes away my enjoyment of reading.

As soon as I encounter 'me too' in line 1, I think of the Me Too movement, which is a distraction.

'Fact' reminds me of Claudia Winkleman, and it's odd to hear CW out of context.

I like the internal rhyme of 'lose' and 'blues'.

The sentence beginning 'Skeptical still' is more interesting than anything that comes before it. I think the quotation marks each side of the fairy tale title could be deleted, to fit with the lack of punctuation everywhere else.

The 'Scratching myself bloody' bit is okay too.

I'm a bit lost towards the end, and the French/German vocab suggests that Seuss is an academic who's experimenting with her writing. It's just a bit bizarre.

This isn't a fashionable interpretation, I'm sure, but that doesn't bother me. I still prefer a lot of the stuff I've read on PigPen, including your 'Spring Lament'. That was good, because it felt honest; it was you. The Seuss sonnet doesn't feel true.
Thanks (on behalf od D.S.  Wink) for the read and comments.  Sorry to hear about "me too" because those lines really got me.  But it happens to me too (no pun intended).  Can't think of an example off the top of my head, but poor language has to answer for so much!

I'm still not sure why I like her style so much.  Just started her second book; we'll see if the infatuation holds.

a few minutes later**************************************************************************

You mention you liked poems with honest feelings.  I think you hit on something about Seuss.  She is (in all the poems I've read) very detached from what she is saying and describing, almost like a doctor.  It's a bit cold-blooded.  But I still like them.
You're welcome, TqB. Yes, a bit of a bad start there with Me Too. But I suppose, for some readers, the movement wouldn't come to mind.

Do you like stream of consciousness-type poetry? To be honest, I'm not sure whether that's even the right term here. I think Seuss intends to appear spontaneous and the lack of punctuation is a part of that.

It's interesting that you find Seuss detached from her words. I hope you continue to enjoy her poetry  Smile
I like stream of consciousness anything  Blush
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