Constantly Risking Absurdity
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this poem?
You don't normally have a lot of sex going on during a circus, right? Okay, maybe nowadays there are exceptions to every standard (we're looking at you, Zumanity), but typically speaking an acrobatic performance is pretty clean, aside from the risking death part. The same holds true here. It's all about the poet, his art, and Beauty's "death-defying leap."