Viva Retorica

 

this is a wondrous poem fine
with no content nor heavy line

just therefore it should get an award
oh the soundtrack is so fucking smart

so present-day yet elevated
all about life and death lucidly stated

straight from the country and just so true
telling of love and the utterly wicked and woo

and in between the lines all dressed up in white
the bridesmaids the pagemen who in rhyme delight

look how in person with scorchéd breast
trips over her own rhetorical anapaest

for a final embarrassing stride
the devious devious bride

 

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Adriaan Krabbendam (Tunis, 1955) is antiquary, profound sleeper, doctor of the unknown, coachman of relations between the chthonic and the restricted human role in disasters, beachcomber laureate, firm simpleton, now and at the hour of our death, factotum of cities and landscapes, world without end

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