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Poetry - Own Efforts

Poems are added to this page as they are published elsewhere, or as I see fit to stick them here anyway.



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Rotational Poem of the Day

Auden's Echo
'We imitate our loves: well, neighbours say
I grow more like my mother every day'
- WH Auden, Letter to Lord Byron

'The world has room for one more master,'
The novice writer says.
'My gift is many orders vaster
Than influences others say must feed
Into my output through the books I read:
The oak is authored solely by the seed.'
So the novice writer says
In his chimeric glory days
Till, horrified, he hears the drone
Of other voices in his own.
That moves him on a phase.
The original work is a blank sheet of paper:
Born an island is no man.
Make your aim your loves' imitation,
Embrace your betters, write what you can.
The seed is sown in the ash of its forebears,
The cycle of regrowth will not stop
For the artist who'd seek to evolve in a vacuum.
The shoulders are willing: climb on top.

Published in Poetry Monthly 110 (May 2005)

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