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Adamanteve and The Man Who Wouldn't Shut Up

by Nancy Ames

"If you can't say something nasty,
don't say anything at all,
saying I need rhinoplasty
and I'm riding for a fall!

The sun is shining golden
on the meadow by the lake -
the snow is sparkling cold on
mountain-peaks, for heaven's sake!

Poetry is pregnant
and the father of the child
says, denying and indignant,
"Oh, no! I must not be defiled."


Author's Note: This is an allegorical speech, in which the poet responds to pressure from academics, critics, promoters, etc. who profit from art without taking any creative risks.

Posted on 01/31/2009
Copyright © 2022 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 02/01/09 at 12:52 AM

I think critics are those who want to be but can't. That is a gerneralization but true enough to be careful of those who both praise too much and criticise too much.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 02/01/09 at 04:48 PM

Well said and very, very clever while you were saying it.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 03/29/11 at 05:49 PM

A humorous critique of "professional critics".

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