and also

November 12, 2004

stairwell accompaniment:Jonathan Rice

The new poem is new because of

Direct language

That describes what is

In such a way that the poem itself

Becomes an event.

(If not the event.)

We are reminded deliciously

To keep our sleepy eyes open

For the moment

Or miss all that matters


(By the way,

Anything is better than the contagion,

The outbreak,

The epidemic of numbness.)

The poet’s final boast is simply this:

I saw the world and I could not resist.

…Why do I look forward to the weekend so?…


One Response to “and also”

  1. Scott said

    Excellent! I think I understand.

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