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February 3, 1966 Midnight

Chicago again, after 7 years! The monster sprawled out through the cold night. A wide scattering of lights flickering through its humps and tentacles.

[This next poem has been scratched out]


February 11, 1966

To a Friend at Reaching the Age of Fifty Years

          So swifty is fifty!

          His years haven't caught up.

          Judging by his molar state,

          I'd say he's but a pup.

          I can't be sure however

          Since his teeth are used to dissever

          The opposition, to which I do not relate,


          So swifty is fifty that

          I should marry off my daughter

          Lest the lamb be led to slaughter

          On a passing social spree

          Where I would have my hands full

          Guarding my positions vis-à-vis

          My wife, for fifty,

          Who is swifty, is quite a ball,

           "But nice".

          Not swifty is fifty

          When the groaning board is set up *

          But sweetly he moves through the haunch

          As though the bloody thing were Campbell's soup

          Nor fruit fumé or aromatic potage,

               escape damage

          There would be few ships to launch

          If he passed upon the champagne bottles

          For fifty is thirsty.

          Now all who take alarm

          At these possible types of flame

          Will pray that fifty will soon be sixty,

          But I who know him well

          Will cheer that swifty is fifty.

          Things will get worse before they get better

          Men who fear swifty at fifty

          Will be non compos mentis at seventy

          And at four score, much more.

               * Pronounced Scottishly, of course. Rémy-Martin


     Poetry is often ambiguous and tribiguous, the more the better provided the whole pattern doesn't fall apart. Especially nowadays that rhymes may be scientifically searched (and even especially by computer), that the written word is a roaring broken dam of chaotic waters, and that no one listens to anybody, old meanings and thrills depart. Poetry must now be multidimensional as no other verbal form can be -- suggestive, symbolic, multidimensional, and with a logic all its own that can compete with the photograph and cinema, other great new art forms that can lead the mind through a set of symbols.


February 12, 1966

     [the following poem has been scratched out]

          Where the water pooled, as do the stream,

          a pan of sandy bottom showed a frog

          crouched warily but comfortably.

          A bright white cloud mirrored over him

          haloing the face of a watchful boy.

          "How long can I wait?" thought he.

          "How long can he wait?"

          The frog was still, green, soft,

          His flanks blew gently outwards as he breathed

          As the cloud moved and the

          Sun shone bright, his white flanks

          Grew whiter. The bottom moved up to show its

          Fineness. The seconds passed. The frog

          was in no hurry. The boy was.

          "I've waited an hour, I can't wait any more.

          The breeze rippled the surface and

          the boy thought the frog had gone.

          But he reappeared, calm, crouched,

          clearly visible though he thought not

          The boy tries. He misses. Distortions of air.

          "I shall slowly ever so slowly reach for him

          And at the last moment, lunge."

          His hand held now a thousand grains

          of gold, that dripped and fell in

          delicate splashes. The guardian angel

          Refraction kindly let the boy touch

          the beauty of water and sand

          while her protected frog doubled

          and kicked his legs     

          Smoothly to safety.

February 1966

     In planning --

     1.     Planning good

     2.     Central Planning of whole doubtful

     3.     Decentralized planning is doubtful when goal is unified.

     4.     Decentralized planning good when each aggregate planner is autonomous and plans for a diversity of things.

     5.     I. e. numerous little governments, diversified as the American States are.

Unmentioned important features of capitalism, provable by empirical studies: e. g.

     1.     In central planning, flexibility is an unsolved problem. The strategy and method are simple enough. To learn what is and give to it to get what may be. But the constant solicitous 'avidity' of the businessmen for what belongs to him is the actualization of the adjusting process; it scarcely exists in state planning.

     2.     Nor does the political (by which I mean the utterly political) enter into most discussions of planning as economics. yet it is the 'political' decision which must be compared with the 'selfish' decision of the businessman, not the mythical 'rational' decision which is typically used by way of contrasts.

February-March 1966;Returning to U.S.A. with the boys, John & Paul

     Items bought abroad and included in baggage under inspection:

     1.     1 pair of pants, (German) $11.00 For personal use (now used)

     2.     3 bottles of perfume (Spain), $10.00 for gifts

     3.     1 radio (German) $47.00 For personal use (now used)

     4.     1 watch (Spain) $40.00 For personal use (now used)

     5.     1 handbag (Italian) $8.00 for Gift.

     6.     1 pair shoes (Italian) $4.00 For personal use (now used)

     7.     3 sweaters (Italian) $8.00 For personal use (now used)

     8.     9 objects of ceramics $10.00 (Italian). Possibly classifiable as art)

          For personal use (2 broken now)

     9.     1 shirt (Moroccan) $14.00 For personal use (now used)

     Total Amount: 11.-- + 10.00 + 47.00 + 40.00 + 8.00 + 4.00 + 8.00 + 4.00 = $143.00

Coming Later; Triumph Car, used          $1,600 original price ; now has 7700 miles

          less 35% (104.00) =           1,046 - 216.60 = $823.50 Dutiable purchase

(February-April, 1966?)





     Madelon Levy

     Sara Miller

     Dr. Lesse (stanley)

     Sidney Roth?

     Livio and Dorothy Stecchini


     Anna Maria

Gifts for:                              What:

     Jill: Art and Dishes

     Charles and Dorothy Glucksburg - Wallet and Perfume

     Mom = Vase

     Robin's kids: coins

     Jerry Smith: Silk

     Sara Miller: Red wallet

     Stephanie: perfume

     Herb: knife

     Cathy and Dante: Purse

     Teas: perfume

     Annabelle: wallet purse

     Baroody: wallet

     Roberta Lewis: vase from Turkey

     Maddy Levy:

To do March 21

     Change money ($40)

     Change airline Reservations (TWA)

     Get boat tickets for Tunis

     Buy art from Carla

     Get distilled water

     Buy canned goods

     Buy swimming trunks

     Buy pot

     Buy bottle grappon

Letters written while on trip: (February-April 1966)

     Car Shipment

     Louise Shelton

     Tom Frelinhuysen

     Reuben de Hoyos

     Ted Gurr

     John Appel

     Alfred and Beatrice Appel

     George Shapiro

     Stephanie Neuman

     Edward de Grazia

     Dick Swift

     Bill Baroody

     Tom Johnson (yes)

     Earl Voss

     Harold Lasswell

     Malcolm Moos

     Jay Gordon Hall

     Dick Ware

     Dick Cornuelle

     Dante Matelli

     Suzanne Farkas

     Sebastian de Grazia

     Edward Greenfield

     Record Press

     Jerry Gottlieb

     Charles Glicksberg

     Gil and Liz Bettman

     Miriam de Grazia

     Robert Lochuer

     Cairo Mail Room

     John Dryfoos

     Carla di Mora



     Jack McCarthy

     Ted McNulty

     Pen Herring

     Anita Horwich

     Maya Kulkarni

     Juan Lenz

     Charles Lieber

     Samuel Labell

     Kemel Karpat

     Perry Knowlton

     Karnig Nalbandian

     Kenneth G. Olson

     Melvin Peebles

     David Sills

     Hadley Cantril

     Calvin Stillman

     Immanuel Velikovsky

     Romesh Shah

     Jill de Grazia

     Paul Oppenheim

     Daisy Blum

     Renee Mitler

     Victor de Grazia

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