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Image taken from page 8 of 'the Poetical Works of John Keats ... Edited by H. Buxton Forman. Fourth edition. Illustrated [by W. H. Low and others]'
John Keats
(image by British Library)

Write a novel, Vee tells me, and I say,

Aren't there enough lies in the world?

I'm thinking of the great works of fiction,

great in the sense of big, like the Warren Report,

the 9/11 Commission Report, and

the daily news

but she is thinking of broader horizons,

the ones we use to keep from thinking about

death and destruction, the world of the imagination,

God, as some would have it, but I'm too stupid

to understand the poetics of a Wallace Stevens,

unfortunately, just too stupid, so I keep wondering,

is there something between

truth and beauty, or are they

really the same?

If so, I may have missed the boat.

 

http://www.mdmorrissey.info

Born in Washington, D.C., academic training (Ph.D.) in linguistics, now retired after teaching English as a foreign language at a German university for many years, but still living in Germany.


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The current "mystery" about MH17 (among other thin... by Michael David Morrissey on Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:27:30 PM
You haven't "missed the boat," Michael. The only ... by Gary Corseri on Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:52:35 PM
Thanks, Gary. Since (due to frustration) I seem to... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:51:29 AM
I should also mention re Stevens that I am thinkin... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:55:22 AM
Sorry, link above is broken, see here for Wiki on ... by Michael David Morrissey on Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 8:33:09 AM
I got the allusion to Keats the first time. He's ... by Gary Corseri on Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 2:21:37 PM