Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Carl Rakosi's Blank Page

On the day, 28 June 2004, on which Iraq was ‘handed over’ and on which the US Supreme Court invoked Magna Carta in a ruling against the legality of Camp X-Ray, I read the obituary of an American poet, Carl Rakosi, who, had he lived, would have been a hundred and one years old later this year, on November 6th. One of his poems, from his Americana series, is called The Blank Page:

What’s the matter?
Have you nothing
to say about America?
Do you not dare be
grandiose?

Medium, message, POSIWID in sixteen words and three question marks. Isn’t it great to be alive?

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