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Apollo Musagete, Poetry, And The Leader Of The Muses Analysis

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Nothing is given which is not taken.

Little or nothing is taken which is not freely desired,

       freely, truly and fully.

"You would not seek me if you had not found me": this is

       true of all that is supremely desired and admired...

"An enigma is an animal," said the hurried, harried


And a horse divided against itself cannot stand;

And a moron is a man who believes in having too many

       wives: what harm is there in that?

O the endless fecundity of poetry is equaled

By its endless inexhaustible freshness, as in the discovery

        of America and of poetry.

Hence it is clear that the truth is not strait and narrow but infinite:

All roads lead to Rome and to poetry

        and to poem, sweet poem

       and from, away and towards are the same typography.

Hence the poet must be, in a way, stupid and naive and a

       little child;

Unless ye be as a little child ye cannot enter the kingdom

        of poetry.

Hence the poet must be able to become a tiger like Blake; a

       carousel like Rilke.

Hence he must be all things to be free, for all impersonations

a doormat and a monument

to all situations possible or actual

The cuckold, the cuckoo, the conqueror, and the coxcomb.

It is to him in the zoo that the zoo cries out and the hyena:

"Hello, take off your hat, king of the beasts, and be seated,

Mr. Bones."

And hence the poet must seek to be essentially anonymous.

He must die a little death each morning.

He must swallow his toad and study his vomit

as Baudelaire studied la charogne of Jeanne Duval.

The poet must be or become both Keats and Renoir and

Keats as Renoir.

Mozart as Figaro and Edgar Allan Poe as Ophelia, stoned

out of her mind

drowning in the river called forever river and ever...

Keats as Mimi, Camille, and an aging gourmet.

He must also refuse the favors of the unattainable lady

(As Baudelaire refused Madame Sabatier when the fair

blonde summoned him,

For Jeanne Duval was enough and more than enough,

although she cuckolded him

With errand boys, servants, waiters; reality was Jeanne Duval.

Had he permitted Madame Sabatier to teach the poet a greater whiteness,

His devotion and conception of the divinity of Beauty

would have suffered an absolute diminution.)

The poet must be both Casanova and St. Anthony,

He must be Adonis, Nero, Hippolytus, Heathcliff, and


Genghis Kahn, Genghis Cohen, and Gordon Martini

Dandy Ghandi and St. Francis,

Professor Tenure, and Dizzy the dean and Disraeli of Death.

He would have worn the horns of existence upon his head,

He would have perceived them regarding the looking-glass,

He would have needed them the way a moose needs a hatrack;

Above his heavy head and in his loaded eyes, black and scorched,

He would have seen the meaning of the hat-rack, above the glass

Looking in the dark foyer.

For the poet must become nothing but poetry,

He must be nothing but a poem when he is writing

Until he is absent-minded as the dead are

Forgetful as the nymphs of Lethe and a lobotomy...

("the fat weed that rots on Lethe wharf").


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This looks great James! The pictures rlaley bring the contrast of home versus the long months of winter to the forefront. Looking at the second picture and seeing your words, I actually begin to feel cold and then moving onto the third picture, there's instant warmth and then comfort as you speak of home. Thanks for sharing your visual poetry story.

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I've been reading a lot of short srteios lately, though I'm pretty sure no one would label them "great"? There have been some very good ones by science fiction writer Harry Harrison, in his collection 50 IN 50, I'm enjoying Father Brown srteios in THE COMPLETE FATHER BROWN and some marvelous pulp stores from Black Mask in THE BLACK LIZARD BOOK OF BLACK MASK STORIES.

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