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  Where Have You Buried the Poets?
by Ian Irvine (Hobson)
Friday, November 12, 2010
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Apparently, in Victoria, Australia, it is now possible to design extensive writing programs for tertiary students without including studies of 'poetry'.

Where have you buried the poets?
their fine, slim cadavers
stacked neatly in the moonlight.
I saw them as we entered
but now they’ve vanished
and with them the risk
                           of rebel words
of revelry, and serious hauntings

Where have you buried the poets?
Was it deep in the gold mine,
in coffins made of lead
                          or other deadly metals?
Did you bury them in concrete
flooded by waters, pumped there to drown
                          their posthumous words
that tendency to sing like Orpheus
long after the fact
of each bureaucratic execution.

Where have you buried the poets?
Homer and Sappho, Ovid and Shakespeare,
Goethe and Dickinson, Eliot and Stein -
so many bodies in the mine shaft rotting -
Mallarme, Neruda, Zukofsky - silenced now
by men and women with
cardboard for brains
and hearts that never miss a beat.

Where did you bury them?

wizards, those
witches of the bleeding heart,
made momentarily visible
(in all its aching dignity)
against the stark backdrop of universe
where …? 

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Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 5/4/2012
Now that is truly sad, with such beauty and expression in poetry and that it be struck from our new youth? Are all the great minds to be buried as you said? I do not know one soul who does not or has not been inspired by their beauty in words. Has telly taken over? Do they not want young minds to expand? Do they not want to teach self-expression? What will become of imagination?

Love and Light,
Reviewed by Paul Judges 11/18/2010
Very good, Ian
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 11/17/2010
Ha! Loved it, Ian! Wish I was there. Where poets are buried.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 11/14/2010
Good question, Ian. But fortunately, for some of us, the
poets live on in their dusty words. This I like. -gene.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/14/2010
poets have been buried in the corrals of outlaw poetry ...

provocative ...
Reviewed by John Flanagan 11/12/2010
This stirs me, makes me sit up, provokes in the best possible way.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 11/12/2010
There are so many answers about the essence of poetry in your question/poem. The multifaceted nature of poetry is artfully revealed.
A poem that I'm keeping!

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 11/12/2010
I have a few skeletons in my closet; but no poets sorry to say. Wonderful piece and provocative questions. Fabulous writing.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 11/12/2010
Breath-taking, love this! The truth emerges in your fine poem.

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