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Poem 83: Under the influence of Ezra Pound

Let’s face it:
most people don’t have a clue
what Ezra Pound is talking about.
Quotiescumque manducamus panem hunc…
That doesn’t mean to say he’s not a great poet;
many who like Pound (who loved Hitler)
understand Pound’s poems, aren’t dumb,
and find his poems accessible.
I don’t.
Itis apis potanda bigone.

He’s such an intellectual.
All those different languages
and so many references to mythologies and stuff!
Cryptus rushes onward,
‘tis zucchinis for Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.
But look! Look! Listen!
He had a big influence on others, Eliot for example;
Eliot wrote about cats.
If I ended up in the same place I started
I’d know there was a wrong turn somewhere.
Quotiescumque manducamus panem hunc makes even a cat look academic.

the emperor has no clothes.
Itis apis potanda bigone.
…um …er …oh …
It is a pis pot and a big one.

To hear the poem read aloud click HERE.

Poem 54: On the death of that most excellent lady


(The form chosen for this week is the cento. The lines “stolen” (and sometimes with a word or punctuation changed) are the poets: W.B. Yeats, Robbie Burns, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, T.S. Eliot, William Shakespeare, and William Blake. The lines should have mouse-overs indicating the original author. The title itself is from the Mexican poet, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.)

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in my breastie!

She loves not me,
And love alone can lend her loyalty;

My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird.

I do not think that she will sing to me
Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!

When I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.

And in the morning glad I see
My love outstretched beneath the tree.