William Porter


Milan (Or A Poet's Lament) - Poem by William Porter

You strike such a contrived Victorian pose
(And it's the most irritating pose I know)
Your prose-!
No offense, makes me ill!
Come on, now, friend. It has all been done
The field of love has been covered.
'Bedecked in flowers' as you would say
It has gone out of fashion
just like telegrams and God

You know, as well as I
This all comes down to style.


Comments about Milan (Or A Poet's Lament) by William Porter

  • (12/26/2005 3:35:00 PM)


    I like the iconoclasm of your poetry, smashing the twin pillars of Romanticism, God and nature. However, unlike your truly excellent 'Aristotle to Dr. Pepper, ' where the neon lights are a viable alternative to natural phenomena like moonlight, and speed and adrenaline are alternatives to the meditative love that the Romantics embraced, this poem was a little too nihilistic for me. There is no alternative presented at all to what you decry. The field of love has been covered, you say, with a nice play on the meaning of 'covered, ' but do you really believe it? That there is nothing left to write about other than the fact that there is nothing left to write about? You clearly have great talent, though, and I hope to see more. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 26, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, December 26, 2005


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