This is just poetry. It won't save you, but it may locate you so that a rescue party can be sent out. — Dean Blehert

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Solving the Energy Crisis

To help us break our dependency
on OPEC oil, we have developed
the bookburner. It runs best on poetry
anthologies and "little magazines," which,
like oil, consist mainly of compressed,
refined fossils. Plenty of fuel.

But we must proceed cautiously
and not commit ourselves to this
energy source until we've established
contingency plans for containing
potential spillage of raw poetry
into the community, contaminating
our children with literacy.

[Note: "Little Magazines," refers to magazines (usually containing poetry, short stories, critical reviews of literature) from small presses. When I say that they consist mainly of compressed, refined fossils, it is possible I'm referring to the paper or ink, but also remotely possible that I'm referring to the quality of the poetry found in most such magazines.]

Dean Blehert
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