Saturday, April 27, 2013


- Alfred Kreymborg

Ladislaw the critic
is five feet six inches high,
which means
that his eyes
are five feet two inches
from the ground,
which means,
if you read him your poem,
and his eyes lift to five feet
and a trifle more than two inches,
what you have done
is Poetry--
should his eyes remain
at five feet two inches,
you have perpetrated prose,
and do his eyes stoop
--which Heaven forbid!--
the least trifle below
five feet two inches,
are an unspeakable adjective.

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