March 22, 2007

Advice from Parnassus

Literature is a fine career for a young person.
Itís so straightforward. You just write
down your deepest feelings. In fact
they donít even have to be deep, any feelings
will do. The media canít get enough.
Everyone knows this.
If you want to you can describe mountains
or sex scenes, what people say, the way
they stare into each otherís eyes
as if desperately trying to decode secret messages.

Thereís so much scope. You slide your coin
in the slot, take a swing at the horizon
and see what comes up. Itís a breeze.
Donít waste your time on cybernetics,
the greasy corporate pole. That sort of thing
is strictly for numps and loobies. Drop by
any time, and remember, when you enter a room
carry yourself magnificently, especially your head,
which you should think of as a vase of lilacs,
preferably painted by Chardin.

—C. J. Allen
from A Strange Arrangement: New and Selected Poems (Leafe Press, 2007)

Posted by dwaber at March 22, 2007 12:31 PM