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Thanks for writing, Senor Chairss. I really like these poems you cite by Arun Kolatkar -- so thanks, too, for introducing (to Moi) this fine poet. It's funny how, in the 11th line of the poem "A Low Temple," I first read "A sceptic match" as "Ascetic match"...
And your letter, too, reminds me how so many chairs exist that are not based on having a four-leg structure, even as I believe we conventionally think of chairs as having such four legs. The great Finnish American designer Eero Saarinen of course railed against "the slum of legs," thus creating his famous "Pedestal Chair."
I'm also reminded of the Ryoan-ji zen garden in Kyoto to which I was introduced by another poet, Arthur Sze -- how, from all angles, one can never see all of its 15 stones (it is thought one must attain enlightenment to see the 15th stone). One stone is always missing but its existence is never denied.
Well, of course your subject at hand is poetry -- "A word used for clarification is full of ambiguity."