Verdi and Postmodernism

She walks in beauty like the swans
that on a summer day do swarm
& crawls as deftly as a spoon
& spills & sprawls & booms.

These moments make a monument
then fall upon a broken calm
they fly into more quenchless rages
than Louis Quatorze or Napoleon.

If I could make one wish I might
overturn a state, destroy a kite
but with no wishes still I gripe
complaintís a Godly-given right.

From ROUGH TRADES (Sun & Moon Press, 1991)

 

Poems by Charles Bernstein

Verdi and Postmodernism

from talk alone you don’t get a poem

the throat