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Monday, January 21, 2008

When Poets take on Precedents

In memory of the protest sonnets of Claude McKay
on Martin Luther King's Day

... by observing the ideological paradoxes manifest in America's treatment of minorities and by adopting Western literary traditions, and thus he gains a voice among those whose project of subjugation has been to efface the native cultural heritage of African-Americans and to silence the discourse of dissent. McKay challenges the American power structure.
from African American Review, Fall, 1994 by James R. Keller
Waltzing over a Cyberian Sunset

Are you sure there is no good reason
Why a people would live in a fog?
If it’s not about fear or cov’rin
Your behind, then buying a watch dog

That is way out of touch and knows it,
Is like living with clowns that wear shit
Eating grins on their face, a disgrace
That American’s had to embrace—

Eight long years with a stupid oil fake
Because Clinton’s hard penis goon child
Was the symbol of freedom gone wild,

Made hypocrisy the country's namesake,
A torment that will outlast the grief
For a war that bestowed no relief?

In the a world of supervillians and cyber comics,
Doctor Cyber was the commanding presence behind a global criminal network around the same time when Wonder Woman had relinquished her powers and her fellow Amazons retreated into another dimension.

I continued the experimental aesthetic by composing the Pushkin sonnet in bluesy 3-beat trimeter instead of conforming to the iambic dogmatism of the traditional sonnet,

for more on this sad debacle in American governance that won't go away...click here.

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Blogger gautami tripathy said...

I really like the way you experment with forms. It appeals to me as I too try the same. Not that I succeed always!

However, you do..

love in a sonnet

4:00 AM  
Blogger Jo said...


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Blogger paisley said...

boldly stated poetic rant,, and unfortunatley well founded too...

me,, i got the dogs,, moved to a remote hill and keep to myself,,, thank you ...

6:58 AM  
Blogger SweetTalkingGuy said...

Love the way you did this.... the images and the word play in the second (verse) all add up to a neat piece of writing.

8:53 AM  
Blogger tumblewords said...

Excellent rant in a rhyme. Truth in total.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. Very... um ... intriguing line breaks here...

~ SB @ Watermark

5:32 PM  
Blogger HL said...

Something happens when your tongue gets stuck in your cheek, better yours than...

10:28 AM  

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