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William Carlos William’s “The crowd at the ball game”

William Carlos William’s “The crowd at the ball game”


at the ball game The crowd at the ball game
is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness
which delights them— all the exciting detail
of the chase and the escape, the error
the flash of genius— all to no end save beauty
the eternal— So in detail they, the crowd,
are beautiful for this
to be warned against saluted and defied—
It is alive, venomous it smiles grimly
its words cut— The flashy female with her
mother, gets it— The Jew gets it straight— it
is deadly, terrifying— It is the Inquisition, the
Revolution It is beauty itself
that lives day by day in them
idly— This is
the power of their faces It is summer, it is the solstice
the crowd is cheering, the crowd is laughing
in detail permanently, seriously
without thought

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