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Economize! Economize!
by Alexander Mikhaylov
2008-01-16 09:55:40
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It’s the end of August and we are
Low on money
Like the last summer
And the summer before that

It never ends…
It’s always like this
It will be always like this
Not exactly poverty but
A chronic lack of money,
A need to economize,
To watch your spending,
Cutting down on smoke and some food; all booze is out
Forget about clothes,
Going out,
Bus rides.
Hand lotion.
Phone calls,
You name it…
It gets you
Year after year:
Not exactly poverty--
Just a lack of money.
And here I am,
Writing poetry.
Who gives a damn about poetry?
I persevere,
We economize,
Watch our spending,
Plan carefully.
At least I
Don’t have to economize
On words:
There are plenty of them
Absolutely free of charge.
I’m glad that
Writing doesn’t require much
Neither special investments nor
Expensive supplies
Just something to write on:
A piece of paper,
An old notebook.
An empty cartoon pack,
A wall,
Your skin,
My own bare ass:
In short,
Anything to scribble on.
A lot of madness
To make it

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Emanuel Paparella2008-01-16 12:32:34
"The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem."" - Robert Penn Warren”

The above insightful comment on today’s Ovi’s cover brings me back to my days of graduate studies at Yale University where the late Professor Thomas Bergin taught Vico and Dante. He always began his teaching of Dante by reminding his students that the first thing they ought to do with the great epic poem of Dante is enjoy its aesthetic beauty, and only afterward do exegesis and critique of the text and extract its philosophical and theological meaning. Like Vico, he was convinced that the inability to enjoy the sheer beauty of good poetry (for there is such thing as bad poetry too and it is exactly the poetry that wants to deliver a message and to preach an ideology) is a sign of a coming new barbarism. Vico calls it "the barbarism of the intellect."

Sand2008-01-16 15:23:14
Since barbarism seems to be inevitably advancing on all fronts it is encouraging that poetry has found a place on poetic behinds.

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