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 © 2021 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".