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Without warning, a good poem
dropped on the internet. It was right there
to read for free. Rumors of this happening
had been going around the internet for years:
a good poem would simply show up,
sans credentials, and no one
would be able to prevent this from happening.
Language poets and the Modern Language Association 
and distinguished academic publishers remained silent on
whether the poem could be good if such a thing were to happen.
"Professors need to eat" was overheard in New York City,
a towering metropolis, but reaction
was generally muted. The swamp
contained a river meandering.
The froth on the beer died.
I spoke into the microphone very fast. 
A rumor had it that Rosalinda cried. 


  1. Anonymous said,

    January 14, 2022 at 5:43 pm


  2. maryangeladouglas said,

    January 15, 2022 at 2:27 am

    Haha, tres excellent Thomas W. Graves Jr. The PERFECT poem for our times. And very clever and brilliant of you indeed. Though I am most sorry that Rosalinda cried, I know it was due to the propinquity of the poem. Hope that’s the right word to use. Sometimes I have a vague memory of a word’s definition an use it without looking it up. In the joy of the moment. Anyway, how can I not like this poem. My poems, as yours are mostly ON the Internet. And it certainly a red letter day every time they appear or yours appear;how negligent the cognescenti are.

    • maryangeladouglas said,

      January 15, 2022 at 2:32 am

      Looked it up. Propinquity works very well. not my typos though an instead of and, and word omissions, it certainly IS a red letter day…and etc. Blindingly good poem. Apropos. I KNOW that’s the right word.

  3. Bev Muendel-Atherstone said,

    January 18, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Oh I love this. Such great irony!!
    “River meandering through the swamp”
    On so many levels. Swoon!!

  4. Chado said,

    January 21, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Good one, Scarriet !

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