Dana Gioia

(24 December 1950 / Hawthorne, California)

Money - Poem by Dana Gioia

Money is a kind of poetry.
- Wallace Stevens

Money, the long green,
cash, stash, rhino, jack
or just plain dough.

Chock it up, fork it over,
shell it out. Watch it
burn holes through pockets.

To be made of it! To have it
to burn! Greenbacks, double eagles,
megabucks and Ginnie Maes.

It greases the palm, feathers a nest,
holds heads above water,
makes both ends meet.

Money breeds money.
Gathering interest, compounding daily.
Always in circulation.

Money. You don't know where it's been,
but you put it where your mouth is.
And it talks.

Comments about Money by Dana Gioia

  • (3/30/2017 11:30:00 PM)

    A thoughtfully conceived meaningful poem unfolding the various traits of the money power. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/30/2017 7:20:00 PM)

    Money makes the world go round what would we do without it? Good poem..thank you.. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (3/30/2017 6:29:00 PM)

    An insightful portrayal of the power and essence of money, well articulated and nicely brought forth with conviction. Thanks for sharing Dana. (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2017 5:54:00 AM)

    That is the sad truth. Your poem is very kind to money because it was not mentioned that it is the root to all evil. Great poem about something that is so desirable. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (3/30/2017 5:25:00 AM)

    I liked the last stanza. The rest of the poem is predictable. This poem has inspired me to think of a poem on money. I may post it.

    The marking for this poem is about right.

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  • Rajnish Manga (3/30/2017 3:43:00 AM)

    This is my second visit on this poem. Once again I have been delighted to read this wonderful poem.
    holds heads above water / makes both ends meet.
    Money breeds money.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/30/2017 3:03:00 AM)

    Please read diction instead of fiction. Inadvertently it has written. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/30/2017 2:58:00 AM)

    Money. You don't know where it's been,
    but you put it where your mouth is.
    And it talks.... nice philosophical write. It is a beautiful poem on money having edifying fiction. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Paul Brookes (3/30/2017 2:55:00 AM)

    As usual; people who have money tell the rest of us its not necessary but in the end money does go to the mouth usually to feed those who are the poorest, we don't have enough to invest and make more Not a good poem just a bunch of high flown platitudes but sometimes money can make a poor writer famous What make us rich is the love of others.4/10 (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/30/2017 2:44:00 AM)

    a brilliant poem of what makes the world pound and to start wars? ..........a penny for your thoughts? .........superbly written. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/30/2017 12:56:00 AM)

    A nest! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/30/2017 12:35:00 AM)

    Reminds me of the song MONEY MONEY MONEY popularized by ABBA.. Thanks for posting... (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (3/30/2017 12:26:00 AM)

    A collection of cliches about money. Not even that extensive of a collection. And certainly a perversion of what Wallace Stevens was trying to convey. At least the last stanza is clever. Otherwise, I prefer what Pink Floyd had to say on the subject. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (7/13/2016 12:35:00 PM)

    Thanks for sharing an amazing poetic treatise on the subject of money which has its own merits and demerits for us. (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2014 8:00:00 AM)

    .........this must be true....the root of all evil.....the love of money! (Report) Reply

  • (3/8/2007 11:07:00 PM)

    Respected sir, ,

    you know who for me i am a shambhu nath i have written many hindi and bhojpuri poem this site i have written my bibliography i am a poor persong in india i can't publish and recording my poem and song pls help me, , i want to mony what i do because i collected mony, , pls tell i am very poor person this time is my financial problembs, , pls help and suggestion
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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