Credo," the next-to-last poem in Friction, is a tour de force of comic-vatic summation; it is the kind of poem you can easily imagine being loudly declaimed to a pleased audience, and poems of this kind often become too slackly
aimed at applause.
After all, even the venerable classic, the Shih ching, had lamented: "The king's business is not to be slackly
performed / And I have no leisure to nourish my father" (Ode 162).
his left arm hung slackly
, but he didn't notice it; the last joint of the fingers had taken the worst of the blows, blood seeped from beneath the broken nails, dripped to the floor.
Webs are easily rendered, torn, defiled, and then left hanging slackly
We started slackly
and gifted them two goals then had to work really hard for our two goals.
But Wister refuses to let his hero fall under the spell of Austen: "Molly proceeded with Emma; slackly
at first, but soon with the enthusiasm that Miss Austen invariably gave her.