A Modern Paradox

A Modern Paradox

A man of letters can only be true
to his art or his culture
- never the two-
Renowned to the degree
he prostrates himself to exigency
he'll wear the integument
of an intellectual immigrant
and know himself a subtle parody.
Should he aspire to the purely poetic
he'll risk that judgment will be swift
and his peers surely view him as
a nerdy narcissist who cannot feed himself.

March 26,1999

by Sara Militello

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