POEM, JANUARY 2017

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I’m the only good person in the world. White American liberals, who raised me, are hypocritical and racist. And then I hear that in other countries, in Latin countries, in India, all over the world, the slightest hint of darker skin generates the most vicious bigotry one can imagine. So, then, who is good? If where I’m from is bad, and elsewhere is bad, who is good? Only I am good. If I don’t know you, because you live far away, you are either bad, or, if you are good, you don’t know me, so you don’t share your goodness with me! You withhold your goodness from me, so how can you be good? And if I read or hear about someone who is good? That’s not good! I don’t experience the advertised. The advertised is not true goodness. Nothing that is advertised is the whole story. Who runs to me? Who throws money at me? Who tries to really get to know me? Who in the world has the courage to really say what they are thinking to me? No one. You are all bad. But I know exactly what I am thinking all the time. I am going to listen to Mozart now. I am going to write a beautiful poem now. There is so much beauty in the world! It makes me cry. And none of it is trying to be beautiful. It just is. No story is needed. Once the story begins, it is an advertisement, a lie. Only I am good. I don’t need a story. I’m the only one who I know, for certain, is good, because I’m the only one who I know, and good, to be good, must be known! I don’t hate you, I just don’t know you. I want to be honest. I want to report the facts that I know. I’m the only good person in the world.

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2 Comments

  1. William Miller said,

    February 1, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Cheers, This is not a question that’s related to the poem above so my apologies. My question is about a statement of Harold Bloom’s about
    Dylan to wit that ‘I actually asked Harold Bloom about Bob Dylan a year ago and he said, and I quote, “I must admit that I cannot share the in the universal admiration for Bob Dylan. His voice is grating and unpleasant and his lyrics inadequate.” https://www.reddit.com/r/badliterature/comments/579p2c/bob_fucking_dylan_wins_nobel_prize_in_literature/?st=iymjz1nd&sh=645600a1

    My own response to it was finding Dylan’s voice grating and unpleasant is obviously personal however the second remark about D’s lyrics being inadequate was strong even if one didn’t agree.

    As for myself I am working my way through a degree in classics and English literature at the Univ. of Toronto and I am neither a singer nor a poet, but someone who hopes to write criticism.

    Thanks

    William Miller

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      William,

      Harold Bloom is completely unreliable in his opinions, and should be ignored. See his loony rejection of Poe—perhaps the greatest genius of all time.

      I hope you are reading Plato at Toronto. Another pillar.

      Cheers and thanks!

      Tom


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