End of ADS-L Digest - 11 Jun 1996 to 12 Jun 1996 ************************************************ There are 2 messages totalling 103 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. firecat (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 13 Jun 1996 14:10:44 -0600 From: Joan Houston Hall Subject: Re: firecat John Serio, editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal, has asked for help in identifying the "firecat" in the following poem by Stevens. Does anyone know the term? He says that in a letter Stevens said that he had "actual animals" in mind. Earthy Anecdote Every time the bucks went clattering Over Oklahoma A firecat bristled in the way. Wherever they went, They went clattering, Until they swerved In a swift, circular line To the right, Because of the firecat. Or until they swerved In a swift, circular line To the left, Because of the firecat. The bucks clattered. The firecat went leaping To the right, to the left, And Bristled in the way. Later, the firecat closed his bright eyes And slept. Joan Hall, DARE