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Poetic License: Making nothing happen

By Staff | Apr 5, 2017

Poetry makes nothing happen

W.H. Auden

Whatever their race, color,

station or education – poetry

makes nothing happen

for most people and perishes

easily from their Earth.

Ah poetry, two or more ways to read

or interpret any line of it – poetry

does make “nothing” happen,

gives nothing “a local habitation and a name,”

creating from puffs of breath

and ink prints on a page

the narrative of our species,

Homo Poeticus: Man the Poet,

the footnote in the volume of forever,

who dreams up vastness

in the tiniest of spaces

and dies younger

than the briefest of stars.