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July 4, 2012

The Mask of Authority (A letter to Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Filed under: anonymous — razvan @ 11:00 am

Could I forget this? Yes, of course; I/ should be able to… what could one do…

As I send my words to Africa
There comes your old voice: Remember Shel-/ly! You were leading me on this walk
some name poetry, and others, self:
The Orient of what’s considered
West; and Occident from any East; or so Boreal as seen from South;
Completely Austral for all Northern:

One might think this is the centre of the

world; look closer; right! This is just you:
Left to all right-wings and absolute right for all those who fight for a Left

These are the fish heads, these are the dogs weaving their stray

ways throughout the world
From times when proud odes hanged high in mosques
And Wang Wei opposed a fisherman to the rise and fall of industry
Blaming you and me & being right
This is the young man
and these are his rubber boots – empty; so we’ve been told.

All masks for power, for your estranged manner of finding sons and distant
fathers, prisoners of a frozen

and shiny desert called history
: I’ve seen the heroes growing very
Old, thirsty for blood, explaining all in words that once meant water, masters,
human love; whom do they speak to?
: and who is talking through all the flags
Preaching for a pose: peace, skin-color/ and democratic right to pursue
Death in any form that is social?!

You and all these me guilty of us,/ at last, with no need for an excuse.

1 Comment »

  1. The way you’ve structured this poem is really interesting to me. As is its complex content. Most unusual, so thanks for posting it here.

    Comment by leifhendrik — July 4, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

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