Thursday, June 26, 2014

poem || Lawrence Upton

The only deal on offer: an expert speaks

Total capitulation retreats to passion.
The truth of this makes realism again
and again, by dissimulation, and sensualism.

Yet it's dangerous to empathise
to achieve objectivity. Thus, civilisation:
an emblematic idea devoted to Earthly treasure,

moral force bearing speech serially
(the whole thing may be overacted)
despite gross mistranslation

with undertones of corruption
transmitting influence. Dualing
sources exist together.

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