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Reich envisioned a world that did not need regulation fro m withou t (th e police, th e state, the nation), but a world in which people enjoyed their work because they had chosen it as an outgrowth o f what Snyder refers to a s "the disciplin e of following desires" (i n contras t t o negativ e self-restraint) . I n contemplatin g a n ideal world made up o f self-regulatory people, Reic h was elaborating one of the core perceptions in Blake's poetry: What is it men in women do require? The lineament s of Gratified Desire.

In ancien t Irelan d the ollave, or master-poet , sa t next to th e kin g a t table and was privileged, as none else but the quee n was, to wear six different colors in his clothes. The "bard, " which in medieval Wales stood for a master-poet, ha d a different sens e in Ireland, where it meant an inferior poe t who had not passed through th e "seven degree s of wisdom" which made him an ollave after a very difficult twelve-yea r course . Who ca n make any claim to be a chief poet and wear the embroidered mantle of office whic h the ancient Irish called the tugeri?

Fo r Olso n in Yucatan, see Letters for Origin, and Vols. 5 and 6 of Charles Olson & Robert Creeley: The Complete Correspondence, Sant a Barbara, 1983 and 1985 , as well as the essay "Human Universe," i n Human Universe, NYC, 1967 . 5. Penelop e Shuttl e & Pete r Redgrove , Th e Wise Wound: Menstruation an d Everywoman, London, 1986 . 6. Back Roads to Far Towns, Basho's Oku-no-Hosomichi, NYC, 1968 . A landmark in the translatio n o f Japanese haibun and haiku. For improvisation s o n haibun in English, se e the si x haibun in John Ashbery's A Wave, NYC , 1984 .

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