"I have foresworn desire...I neither lick nor moan...I neither swallow..." Kim Addonizio's
poem, "The End of It,"
is on Poetry Daily
. Reminiscent of Yeats' line, "The best lack all conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity"
and Stephen Dunn's line, "Precision...is more radical than passion,"
it demonstrates the fecund nature of poetic iconoclasm
. Or, if you prefer the more hackneyed characterization, the value of questioning everything. In the end, Addonizio may be sitting quietly, like Nanao Sakaki's "happy, lucky idiot."
[NSF asexuals, hedonists, or the majority of non-eccentrics...but I doubt your boss at work will bat an eyelash at a poem--if so, sit quietly you happy, lucky...] [more inside]
posted by ottimo
on Aug 9, 2011 -