Victor Fleming has outdone himself with the Sunday puzzle. "Poetry is" -- according to several poets. Theme answers are:
25A/36A: Like fish if its/fresh its good (Osbert Sitwell)
59A: Truth in its Sunday clothes (Joseph Roux)
81A/89A: An echo asking a/shadow to dance (Carl Sandburg)
111A: The deification of reality (Edith Sitwell)
128A: An act of peace (Pablo Neruda)
148A: Being not doing (e.e. cummings)
64A: Where Springsteen was born, in song (the USA)
1A: Student's declaration (major).
3D: It may start with someone entering a bar (joke). Clever cluing, and probably a gimme for most.
27A: Orange/yellow blooms (marigold). A friend (on his third marriage) once said that his wife was more like a marigold than a rose. Roses were beautiful, he said, but they had thorns. Marigolds, on the other hand, weren't as flashy but they were nice--and very reliable. I think about that every year when they pop up around the yard, even though I haven't planted marigold seeds for years. They've been married for 25 years now -- twelve times longer than he was married to either of the roses.
119A: Title character in a "Sgt. Pepper" song (Mr Kite). If you've read my profile or this blog, you know that I'm a Beatles fan. I had to go through the whole CD in my head to remember who was in it.
23A: Love letters (SWAK). 'Cause a lick won't stick.
54A: One way to be paid (in cash) -- my favorite way
92D: Hundred Acre Wood donkey (Eeyore)
51D: Tapas bar offering (chorizo) -- a Scrabbly word
85A: Flat (horizontal) -- another Z-word
11D: __this world (not of). Had out of at first. I'll bet I wasn't alone.
145A: Elderly (on in years). Feeling there today.
Lots of others, but it's late.
I devoted way too much time to puzzles this weekend. I had so much to do in the house and in the yard. Maybe Sunday afternoon...