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The Post-Intelligencer outlines –
(The second column from the left,
Above the fold) in piled headlines
With fonts of varied size and heft
That spread the burning news post-haste and
Describe how all the Southern lowland
Was sunk beneath a fiery sea –
The awful news: that charred debris
Is all Seattle has to sell now.
The paper tallies up the cost
The acres, blocks, and millions lost –
Both brick and wood made food for hell now –
But ends with this more hopeful claim:
A phoenix rising from the flame.


  1. Churchill says

    That makes me feel hungry. I’d have liked chicken, but ate no meat today at least. Thanks for your posts and good night.

  2. Churchill says

    You learn something new every day.

  3. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Nice one, M-Lick.

  4. Best line:

    Both brick and wood made food for hell now –

    Will fit well with “Correcitons.”

    And also with Finnegan’s grand Homeric romp of the fire’s exposition.

    Now, one from SEP and one from Webb, and we’ll all have Wisconsin steak at our next (and first ever) komplete korrektiv kollektiv meeting!


  5. Nice work, Mattheus. I like “all the Southern lowland / Was sunk beneath a fiery sea,” but I think the best is “I hear phoenix tastes like chicken.”

    • Matthew Lickona says

      Well of course. Thanks much. We can’t all be poets, but I do a fair imitation when pressed.

      • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

        ‘We can’t all be poets [scriptwriters, songwriters, actors, worthy husbands, upstanding family men, Christians, etc.], but I do a fair imitation when pressed.’


        Steerpike had an unusual gift. It was to understand a subject without appreciating it. He was almost entirely cerebral in his approach. But this could not easily be perceived; so shrewdly, so surely he seemed to enter into the heart of whatever he wished, in his words or his deeds, to mimic.

        Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan


        BOBBIE BARRETT: This is America. Pick a job and become the person that does it.

        Robin Veith, Mad Men, Season 2, Episode 5


        [insert quotation about ‘the self’ here]

        Walker Percy, [insert title here]

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