I’m submitting poetry for this week’s “Writing the Environment” assignment. The first is a rondeau in response to the recent cut to arts funding, and the PM’s explanation that the arts is a “niche issue” [i]. The second poem is an epigram/acrostic which, I don’t think, needs any contextual explanation.
Be wary. I never claimed these were any good.
I owe everything, everything to you.
Hail German art! In this sign will we conquer!
(Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm II to Richard Wagner, 1868 )
A. Egoyan cuts through the crowd:
premier-loving students, endowed
SunLife donors: nestled Bodies,
We perch. Sur-titles and sub-Bodies:
baroque Bodies militant. Loud
trom– Bones blasting, bones breaking, and bowed
ten-or-some hundred-sixty thousand
in Germany alone: Bodies.
“…the role of Mime will be played…” (c.1945)
Esoteric Atom, that proud
Armenian guy, cuts the crowd:
Nice-niche Gala-vanting Body:
our perching bowing broken body:
enco-ring enco-ring allowed:
“tenor Schlosser to play Mime, Bayreuth, 1876.” [ii]
Boy actors’ bodies birth Butler’s loose lewd
Epicoenes; dis/simulating humours feud.
News circulates: the poet-god Exeunts.
[i] “niche issue.” Yes, exactly, if we understand that a “niche” considers how an organism relates to its larger environment.
[ii] 1876. Sadly, WP will not allow me to preserve the spacing of the poem (which reflects the structure of the “organism” of the poem expanding out of its conventional form).
5 October 2008 ~ St. Catharines