Jerome Rothenberg

(1931 / New York City, New York)

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I Will Not Save the World

I like to cross
these borders. They take place
between the dead & dead.
I make my mind up
to be honest
only I fail to meet
their expectations.
I will not save the world.
The power in my blood
runs through my shoe.
I have never known fatigue
but know it now. I whistle
& the dog sits still
& ponders.
Nobody else is resting
or in love.
The taste of death is in my mouth.
I suck it like an arm
until it breaks me.
It is the fate of animals
& birds
the small lives left behind.
The children in the woods
run by ...

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A Paradise of Poets

He takes a book down from his shelf & scribbles across a
page of text: I am the final one. This means the world will
end when he does.

In the Inferno, Dante conceives a Paradise of Poets & calls
it Limbo.

Foolishly he thinks his place is elsewhere.

Now the time has come to write a poem about a Paradise of Poets.

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