So I'm an old fogey; I really like most of these cultured, intellectual poems. True, I'm not sure about Laughlin's prosy metrics, but not all of the poems are that way -- "Do You Know (Sais-tu)" is musical in both English and French. His responses to the Greeks and Romans are the kind I can relate to; he quotes languages I can read; he studies Sanskrit verse, culture, and metaphysics, which I don't think I ever will, but I like observing. And I'm not offended by the erotic poems even though they're a different sort of thinking than what I'd prefer. I was fascinated by the "pentastichs", little pieces of verse and prose that Laughlin either wrote or collected -- some real gems among them.