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Excerpts From The Diary Of Damocles Analysis



Author: poem of Bill Knott Type: poem Views: 4

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I don't dare speak too loudly,

some timbres could be fatal--



that string is not too strong

I think: and at times I have



to breathe. Or maybe I fear

my paraphrastic exhalations



will spoil the oiled perfection

of its sleekness, will mist



over that brightness whose

needle sharp point compasses



my every stray. I am as

edgy in my way as it--



as little-rippled, as subtle.



Prey to vapors, to sudden

icecap thaws, seismic



dicethrows, the world wires me,

I hex myself up to a pitch



of infinite finicky sensitiveness,

alert to every window opening



down in my castle's bowels,

every mousehole emergence.



A simple housefly--a moth

murders my rest when it



mistakes for light that glittering

blade in which every passing



glint is glassed--barometer

of my highest apprehension.



*



I know my fear is only a ploy,

a sticking point in the old



hairsplitting debate of the winds . . .

I the first split personality



divide into a Dam/an Ocles,

a mother and her myopic



son. Or, since everything

is reversed in its mirroring



shaft, a Selcomad, mad and sulky.



Language does this to me.

It inverts my position: King



I am, but await my crown,

unmanned until it come down;



my kingdom lies in twain

to each, I am in half to all.



*



If only I could reach up, up,

and take it in my teeth,



suckle that penile projection,

cloister its unremitting hardness



in the sheath of my throat--



swordswallower who exalts

his posture with this adjunct



second spine, aligning gut with

palate, my groin with my height.



*



Male means to be in the crime

of things here, this frail planet



killed wide, maimed down.

Male means murder, rape and war.



Its indomitable will will not allow

approach. All broach will fail.



It must fall on you or not at all.



*



Insane, isn't it? History hangs

impregnable to the mind, eager



to halve your brain with rift,

intrusion and strife, the warrior's



dissonance. No whole is hallowed,

no peace. Don't let the humor of



this scene (when the phallus

falls the fears recede) attend



you away from its cruelty.



*



I stand here exposed to whose

justice, my crime my Y



chromosome. That Y aims

his prick point down at me.



A dowsing wand that seeks

my artesian quench, my depths



of death. His insistence

sustains me in steel, his encased



incursion covers my melt,

my metal. Each day he rights me:



his richterscaled tremors are

my weather, my wherefore:



his gloss his gleam condemns

my fortunes, his ore loads my gold



with schist. His soliloquy

interrupts mine at every word.



Linebreaks enforced by sword,

his poem sunders my rhythm.



All mine at last is made him.

His blade remembers my name . . .






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The relevent bits from the piece Sheila rrefes to Sailer linking., by Eric Alterman:"If a Jew-hater somewhere, inspired perhaps by The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, sought to invent an individual who symbolizes almost all the anti-Semitic cliche9s that have dogged the Jewish people throughout history, he could hardly come up with a character more perfect than Sheldon Adelson.. . .How can it be that the self-proclaimed “richest Jew in the world” can buy the foreign policy of a major party’s potential presidential candidate on behalf of a vision of endless Israeli aggression—up to and including US support for yet another potentially disastrous pre-emptive attack—and the historically abused entity of “the Jews” has somehow escaped the blame?Don’t get me wrong. While I lack sympathy for pretty much everything Adelson and Gingrich seek to accomplish, I am unabashedly thrilled that the bugaboo of anti-Semitic accusation is almost nowhere to be found. But given the near-complete disappearance of this once wholly respectable American prejudice, one must ask why so many organizations in the American Jewish community—along with their neoconservative allies in the media and policy world—remain so intently focused on this problem. Is it that the past has left them so psychologically invested in a now-discredited discourse that they lack the ability to see reality for what it is and devote themselves to more worthy causes? Or do at least some of them, as I implied in my last column, find the accusation so politically useful against Israel’s critics that they prefer to level this nefarious accusation rather than argue the merits of their position?"Alterman is unabashedly thrilled that his group faces almost no opposition to their endless aggression.

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest


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Reading Fuelled by Tea: The writing, unrnttuoafely, is sub-par – Butcher seems to have happened onto a formula of starting several consecutive sentences in the same way. x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest


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You really found a way to make this whole prscoes easier.

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest


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So, I supposed I shloud have noted a difference between *Writing* 100 words a day and *Posting* 100 words a day The former, I can do well, the latter not so much it seems. I guess I'll have to force myself to sit down at least once a week and post all my daily drabbles.

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest




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