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I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say
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Got this gem after a poem of his appeared in the essential Poetry (Chicago). It's in the tradition of the flakey narrator - Prufrock, Tristan Corbière (much more 'modern' than Laforgue) and the undervalued Scot Frank Kuppner - and it butters this reader's parsnips
Shall I write the little platitude poem that will save somebody's life?
I can no more write that poem than I can think rice into my bowl.
I'm only halfway, but the poems display a remarkable consistency. I think I may possibly have come to the finest poem in the collection; it's on page 61 and in the form common to pretty well all these poems consists of six discrete couplets with a coda or envoi - very Kuppner! In the next poem but one he splutters gloriously but briefly into rhyme. Rhyme: Madrid toys with it; on pages 76 and 80 it threatens to take over and turn into light verse; on page 106 he rides it then breaks free. His dissertation on the subject would be something to see
MADRID, do you not see your poetry gives comfort to the wicked?
It does give comfort to the wicked - but it also makes wiser the wise
- It gets better as you go on; of how many poets could that be said? -
The two halves of a halved grape are the RUNE for the Ass of the Future.
Whatever woman wants to press wine from that grape will have need of her high-heeled shoes
Deep. Then we meet Nadya Pencilthwapper, aka Nadya Mgongo. Things people often ask poets #1: 'But is it real?' I think I can assert on reasonable authority that Nadya IS REAL
..the HUMAN BOTCH/Cannot grow a new head
So true I'd buy the T-shirt.Read more ›