STAIRWAY TO CANON

 

There’s a lady who’s sure all that’s modern is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to canon.
And when she gets there she knows if the poetry is prose,
With a word she can get what she came for

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to canon

There’s MFA’s on the wall but she wants to be sure
And you know sometimes words have two meanings
In Profess’r Vendler’s book there’s a poet who sings
Sometimes dear Louise Gluck is mistaken

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to Vendler

There’s a feeling I get when I put down the rest
And my spirit is crying for Harvard
In my thoughts I have seen rings of words in-between
And the voices of those who stand blurbing

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to canon

And it’s whispered that soon, if Burt calls the tune
Then Jorie will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who blurb long
And Harvard will echo with laughter

And it makes me wonder

If there’s a Genoways in your journal
Don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the Casteen

Yes there are two blurbs you can go by
but in the long run
There’s still time to change the word you’re on

Your head is humming and it won’t go because you don’t know
Bin Ramke’s calling you to join him
Dear lady can’t you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your contest lies on the whispering wind

And as we cheat on down the road
Our hair is longer than our souls
There walks a lady we all know
Who shadows them and wants to show
How criterion still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The blurb will come to you at last
When all are dull and dull is all
To be a judge and always roll
Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she’s buying a stairway to canon

There’s a lady who’s sure all that’s modern is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to canon
And when she gets there she knows if the poetry is prose
With a word she can get what she came for

And she’s buying a stairway to canon, uh uh uh.

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3 Comments

  1. Noochness said,

    November 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    For the live version
    You absolutely hafta
    Include that wonderful line,
    “Does anybody remember laughter?”

  2. Noochness said,

    November 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

    California sunlight
    Sweet Calcutta rain
    Honolulu starbright
    The song remains the same

  3. December 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Jessa Crispin,
    Lady of the hour,
    Self-confessed bookslut
    And writer of power:

    http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article03301101.aspx


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