Posted by Bartholomew (184.108.40.206) on March 21, 2003 at 16:34:35:
In Reply to: Re: Actually, most are. This is just an exception (nt) posted by 5 (220.127.116.11) on March 21, 2003 at 15:52:32:
My interpretation is the most complete. Your saying that "weightless" means "powerless" is stretching it a little. And your saying that "wood glue" refers to something that is trapping the bird doesn't account for the word "wood." Why would I say "wood glue" when I meant "bird glue" or just "glue"?
"Wood glue" means "apply it to the board." It's in parentheses because it is an explanation of how to read the first part of the poem (like this parenthetical expression is doing now).
Once you got that, you need to think what I might be saying about the board. Well, look at what I HAVE said about the board. I've criticized it for a lack of intellectual rigor. This gives a clue that "weightless fluttering bird" might mean something about a lack of rigor. And look what we have--bird, a very weak, airy animal. It's fluttering and weightless, so it is out in space and doing stuff that is useless.
The title refers to me. I had been away from the boards for months when I posted the poem--I'm a "ghost from the past." And what am I ghosting? The birds, of course. Note that I included "by Bartholomew" between the title and the poem, instead of after the poem, as is customary. That's a hint that I'm part of the poem.
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