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Purgatory of Steel Purgatory of Steel
by Apopseis.gr
2014-02-10 11:08:12
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Purgatory of Steel
By Nikos Laios

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Purgatory,
This decayed
City of steel;
Of worn
Frayed
Posters on
Shuttered
Shops.

Descending
To another
Circle,the
Bag ladies
Wandered
Empty car
Lots;
Sputtering
Chunks
Of cucumber
In their madness
On the sand.

While
Two
Harlots,
Up to
Their
Waists
In burning
Pits;
Cackled
Loudly
To the
Sound of
Their
Pedicures.

To the sound
Of Barking
Collies in
The streets.

While
In the
Fourth
Circle,
Their
Empty
Headed
Daughters,
Like
Princesses;
Sipped their
Coffee cups,
Proudly
Prancing
Like the
Kardashians

apopseis01_01Whilst
I,like
Dante;
Ascended
Back to
The land
Of the living;
Found my
Redemption,
Found my
Belief.

Glancing
Back, I
Could
See the
Screaming
And the
Damned,
In this
Scorched
And Empty
Land.

This
Purgatory
Of steel;
This modern
Purgatory
Of man.

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With a digital drawing from Nikos Laios

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Nikos Laios, North Sydney, Australia

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From the Greek magazine apopseis

 


  
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Emanuel Paparella2014-02-10 13:00:19
Here in this poem we have, as in much poetry, the ambiguity of language. If we are talking of Dante's hell (the place of eternal despair), then it makes sense to speak of descending circles all the way into the center of the earth. If we are talking of Purgatory, indicated by the very title of the poem, then we are talking of ascending terraces of a mountain (with the hope still alive of the Blessed Vision), all the way up to the garden of Eden. Obviously both are intimated here and it is up to the alert reader to disambiguate the language in context of Dante's Commedia.


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