Thursday, February 23, 2012

George Bowering

The World, I Guess 

If you don’t write it down, the poem will go away again,
back to wherever it came from, maybe a dead person
or Mars.  Even if you’re doing something else, like trying
to have a bowel movement, as is often the case with me,
not meaning to be vulgar or comical, but
a planetoid is another possibility, if that’s the right word.

Think about all the poor mute Miltons who had something
else to do; they could have changed the world,
or at least the poetry world, or North America.  But
even if you write it down, here’s the problem, you will be
mis-writing, because you are mis-reading.  You have to accept that
if you want to spend a life at this job.

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