A loving perusal of poetics, from a medieval bestiary to Fred Moten’s revolutionary prose. Topics may or may not include: William Carlos Williams a VHEMer? Emily Dickenson a NIMBY? What does Ingeborg Bachmann mean by ‘cloudball’? Is Anthrax by the Gang of Four polyphonic, or just Steinian genius – both talking and listening at the same time? When Adrianne Kennedy mandates ‘smell of blood’ in her stage directions, how do we comply?