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GIlbert Allen

Hermetic Poetics 

Use only for the prevention of prose.



Practice practice—

never weary!

Curb the urge

to query theory.


Wallow, wallow

in your vowels!

Keep your distance

from the bowels


veiled by Lyo-

tards and jowls.

Wipe yourself

with your own towels.


Save yourself

from Derri-heirs!

Walk the walk

up your own stairs.


Mask your tasks

in metaphors.

Prize your enter-

prise outdoors.


Talk your talk

but please, don’t mutter.

Place your face

upon your gutter.


Concrete’s concrete—

abstract’s dreary.

Curb your urge

to query theory.








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