Paul Lord

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This is not a self-referential poem.

In fact, it's completely obsessed with talking about all of 
the other poems that influenced it, those poems which

once

were read by poets come and gone, or in other cases come
and not gone so much as moved quite far away, or had their
weltanschauung changed so greatly that this poem is not any
longer
particularly
impressed
as such things go

This poem is extremely, embarassingly well read;
it just finished
the Cantos (that wretched man),
and
the Duino Elegies (translated, sadly (but well-)
and it re-read
The Sonnets
for the umpteenth time just last weekend... this poem has an inferiority complex

It wants to apologize for its existence, but it can't seem
to find the right words. Which is just so...much...a thing It has big important neighbors, this poem, and often gets
lost in the shadows, but at least it's not a self-referential
poem...this poem doesn't like self-reference, and honestly
resents being the work of a poet who does This poem would consider itself a complete failure if it
didn't have something in common with the Iliad, namely,
this poem doesn't end, it stops
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But I was still waiting for a closing parenthesis!
Well. That was familar. :)
I had forgotten about it completely!

Apparently I made some edits in 1999? So this is the final draft :)
Paul Lord 10/29
Actually I don't remember reading it -- for all I knew it was brand new. However, it is a headspace full of sentiment as familiar as a pair of old shoes.
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Paul Lord 10/29
 

Well now that I'm inviting others to OPW by the handful I guess I better buckle down and write more often than once every couple years...

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12/22 '18 4 Comments
*dryly*

That would be nice.
Anne Mollo 12/22 '18
Speaking from a position of experience... don't rush it, man ;-)
Waider 12/23 '18
LOL
Thomas Boutell 12/24 '18
Let me know how it goes for them, and if any little adjustments might help.
Thomas Boutell 12/25 '18