Monday, June 1, 2015

UNION................  [Stefanie Bennett]
 
 
Who cares anymore, Hemmingway, you
Grizzly old bugger – if
You pay homage to the seas or snow?
 
Who cares, Dylan Thomas!
Who cares, Robert Frost!
Who cares, Neruda!
You’re all of you – missing – and
Too quiet for comfort.
 
Who writes the odes –.
Novels the centuries –.
What’s kidnapped
                       Henry Miller...
What’s white-washed
                       Paul Celan...
The bookshops are short
On Proust: Tolstoy’s
Out of stock –.
 
Who cares anymore about what’s
Written? Who bothers
To bother at all?
If it comes down to it – the art
Of itself is scratching
At death’s door; closed circuit
TV has told us that.
 
Who cares anymore, Hemmingway,
You father of the heavy-weights!
There are flags of convenience
In the great hall of words – so
Who now assigns
And designs the fates?
Who cares about
                          The caring...