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The Poetry Clown Says

 Steven Gulvezan
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 Steven Gulvezan
The Poetry Clown Says
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Steven Gulvezan is a disciple, in words, of the great sculptor, Alberto Giacometti. At their best he hopes that his stories and poems are able...read more to cut close enough to the bone of truth to make them worthwhile to read. A collection of his poetry is The Dogs of Paris (March Street Press).
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The first word of each line
Must begin with the letters 
“A,” “S,”  “S,” “H,” “O,” “L,” “E”
In rotation in that order

While you debate
The use of the words 
“Pig” and “amerika”
And splat a small bluebird
 
Pop out of your mouth
To take flight
Straight into a black crepe banded
Portrait of George Orwell

Who, settling on Orwell’s
Left shoulder
Cocks his bluebird head and
Winks at George

Next you must distill
Into one hundred words or less
The history of your life
As a smiley face fascist 

And you must
Upon completing said poem
Run shrieking into a toxic landfill
Rend your clothes

And roll naked in the slimy skin
Of piss yellow journalism 
Until you comprehend
You are an idiot, a parrot pissant

Or a blow of shit air 
Wafting over a column
Of jackbooted right thinkers
Marching arm-in-arm with

The arrogant lock-stepping liberals
You currently swear you adore
4 comments

Discussion

  2 days ago · in response to Nikki Byrnside

    Actually, poetry workshops can be fun. This poem was born in a poetry workshop!
  5 days ago
With the "splat" of the bluebird, I thought of Bukowski's "Bluebird"-- and then I didn't anymore. This seems to speak out against conformity or societal decline or strong distaste for poetry workshops.
  1 week ago · in response to Dan Jacoby

    Thank you, Dan.
  1 week ago
another good one young man
 

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