David Madgalene wanted me to post this quote from Edward Arlington Robinson.
"I starved for twenty years and, in my opinion, no one should write poetry
he is willing to starve for it."
On first reading, I felt that Robinson perhaps was being a wee bit disingenuous and overly dramatic. However, his quotation does fit in well with the rhetorical sentiment of Sarcastic Willy above!
Here is a fine old poem by his eminence.
Shop in Santa Rosa, CA. While I did not adopt all of his ideas on the subject, I have, for roughly five years now, been a practitioner of poetry utilizing precious few of such stop-points in my verse.
If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools. — Plato
Underground During Ages of Autocracy
where all the writers and artists who depart
facebook twitter instagram and even email
begin painting and reciting in caves catacombs
and other hidden chambers from which
their material work emerges clandestinely
being distributed by hand subversively
much the same as the works of
Gallileo Voltaire Pussy Riot Ai Wei Wei
Solzhenitsyn Thamsanga Mnyele
Wally Serote Thomas Paine Mayakovski
whose creations became entwined with struggle
as ferns with mosses and mushrooms surviving
even thriving in the cool obscurity of caves
where these poets of truth and even hope expanding
as ocular pupils beyond restraint by the iris
enabling oversight engendering action
more substantial than the statesmen politicians
and silenced effigies of incendiary leaders
while all the more of us in our catacombs
study and write our muses continuing in us
Diogenes Socrates Plato Sappho Pindar
Hypatia of Alexandria Hildegard Von Bingen
Thomas Merton Teresa of Avila Salman Rushdie
No one knows how it all ends
with a bang a whimper a sigh
something there is senses an ending
to the all there is was or won’t be
the scent from funereal blossoms waving
Ed Coletti in So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (Fall 2020)
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