Friday, March 07, 2008

"...Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot, fighting in the captain's tower ..."

From the Towers


Insanity is not a want of reason.
It is reason's overgrowth, a calculating kudzu.

Explaining why, in two-ton manifesti, thinkers sally forth
with testaments and pipe bombs. Heaven help us:

spare us all your meaningful designs. Shine down or
shower forth, but (for the earthling's sake) ignore
all prayers followed by against, or for. Teach us to bear

life's senselessness, our insignificance, and more;
let's call that sanity. The terrifying prospect isn't some
escapist with a novel, fond of comfort, munching sweets—

it is the busy hermeneut, so serious he's sour, intent on making
meaning of us all, and bursting from the towers to the streets


Heather McHugh

Poetry March 2008

2 comments:

Churlita said...

Hey, there you are. What's up, Dex?

dexter said...

Getting into the new job. Will try and update soon.