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Chancellor Florida State Poets Association
Florida Poet Laureate Volusia County
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
The End of Knowing
The absence of Copernicus’s scope.
Stuttering logos. The ego’s trophy
halo. The quiet, unnatural death
of the three artistic proofs. The excuse
rather than the fight. Homer’s limping hero,
Buddha’s blind eye. Plato’s cave dweller
empowered by the shadow maker;
the messenger despised. A crush of valedictorians
still tethered to their mothers’ seedy placentas.
The golden bough made bronze for more
to enter. Elysium no longer the nerve center.
The present, past, and future: Picasso’s
flung bones in Guernica – discordant
tones, discordant consciousness. The epic hero
homeless, more or less.
Copyright © 2021 M. B. McLatchey All rights reserved.
Published in The Criterion, April 2021.
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