Thursday, 23 January 2014

Pasternak Time: “Anti-poems pass by the censor”

Pasternak Time: “Anti-poems pass by the censor”

Anti-poems pass by the censor:
“The thousand-room castle – tear it down!”
“Crumble crumbs for the hungry ants”
“At the end of the day there are outcomes”
Your kind of anti-poem has sonorous sunsets,
It is edged around with indulgence.
Her versts of bursts are self-referential,
They beg for a visit to Vladivostok.
Anti-poems on the fall of the florin,
The collapse of the edifice Inevitable.
Anti-poems for every occasion:
Birthdays, assassinations, funerals.
His kind of anti-poem fixates on facial hair,
Is too lukewarm about the Great Leader.
My kind of anti-poem is whispered round midnight
After they’ve hauled the ‘traitor’ away.
Follow these rules for partyline anti-poems:
1.  Keep the similes simple.
2.  Use the root word ‘work’ at least once.
3.  Improve your basic crescendo.

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