On great literature

To open a book, a booming tome
and contract a case of vertigo—
that is the demon in the canon.

Wherefore a counterculturist
denies his birthright foretold:
read the greats! And not the men

who aspire alongside you impotently.
For even a long-dead author
is much abused by better men than him—

they are institutions for a reason,
as they reasoned: all the dooms
of written seasons fashion in a clutch

time itself dissolves in decades:
what was decadent is now a norm
and what was scripture is now deformed.

~ by Jeremy on June 22, 2013.

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