Poetry, notes, and drawings by William Michaelian
A picture is worth a thousand words!!!You look wonderful, William! I bet I know the scent of your aftershave...Old Books :)
Yep — as it says here on the label, “Simple yet complex. Timelessly appealing.”
“My Back Pages”
.AccessibleI haven’t read much poetry lately.After all, I have to write it.I can’t be unduly influencedor misdirected. And damn!I’m just now shaking offShakespeare and Shelley and Poe,Cummings and Frost,just now releasing the Howland its cost,that tyger burning brightand the dying of the light.But I’ve read all of the dead onesand most of those livingI just don’t resonatewith these new ones.They don’t make sense to me.I don’t get it!Oh, I get the point, all right.I just can’t find the poetry.Copyright 2012 – Mortal Remains, Gary B. Fitzgerald
Well, give it a hundred or two hundred years. Maybe some good will come out of it yet.
Indeed. Posterity is always the final judge.
" I just can't find the poetry.".... or a decent editor ?everyone is in a too-much-of-an-hurry-up, computer-generated, Credentialist mind-set...well ?write me when you have less time & nothing(much) to say
Another kind of spell-checker:If it doesn’t cast a spell,then move on.
.The Editor“I’m not finding many references in this poetry.”He said.“This is true… I write poems, not puzzles.It’s not an English test, you know.”“Yes, but shouldn’t there be more depth?I’m not seeing much history.”“Depth? I wrote about a beautiful TigerSwallowtaileaten by an ugly featherbare, old grackle.What does that mean? Explain this mystery!What value is put on beauty by death?What purpose the esoteric and arcane?A poem should be a pleasure…words to enjoy,to enlighten, make easily plain.It should be old but familiar, even if new,not an enigma that requires a degree to explain.Let the students study the scholars.Let the rest of us hear poetry.”“I see…”“You don’t!A poem is like a happy barking dog thatsimply sees what he seeswhich your critical obfuscation clearly muzzles.Today is the assassin of reference and depth!Virgil and Homer…what do I care?We all read them years ago.Here is the price put on beauty by death:today is now, and now is wagging his tail.”Copyright 2008 – Softwood: Seventy-eight Poems, Gary B. Fitzgerald
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