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We might then fairly ask, if a central pleasure, perhaps the central pleasure, of Middleton's poetry is the manner in which the nature of the poem, its meaning, inheres in sound, in its sequences, timbres, tonal colorings--in single words, on occasion, or small word groups--what chance does it have of getting through to a tone-deaf poetry reading public, one inured to the rought trade of Bad Daddy poems, gimmick poetry, the poetry of humiliating anecdote, or the frozen post-modernist gestures of rote indeterminacy and the effectless fragment?
Of course, for teenagers of a less equable disposition than Pheniece's, just having to listen to so much anodyne but otherwise effectless rhetoric can itself lead to violent fantasy.