Six Short Poems

By Jeffrey Burghauser (August 2018)


The Distressed Poet, William Hogarth, 1736
 
[1]
 
Only terror’s heave
Could make the place you thought you
Knew seem tentative,
Untrue. Pound said: Make It New.
 
[2]
 
Like the Cantos, my
Newborn’s eyes contain
All of History—
But his eyes don’t strain.
 
[3]
 
Those iambics inked
Thrice within the cell
Of a villanelle
Are not quite the same:
 
Icing tastes distinct
(Dying wisdom says)
Whenever it is
Used to spell one’s name.
 
[4] Walter Pater
 
The Æsthete’s junction:
Conservatism
Of attention, and
Liberality of limb.
 
[5]
 
Penitents enter
The dreary Fitness Center.
They solicit God’s protection;
Every machine faces the same direction.
 
[6]
 
Since he didn’t have a son,
Whitman sang to everyone.
Only virtuosi pull
Beauty from the general.
Only the begetters of
Virtuosi master love
For one as for another.
Only God, God the Father,
Can intone to everyone,
Yes, because he has a son.




 


______________________
Jeffrey Burghauser  is an English teacher in Columbus, Ohio. He was educated at SUNY-Buffalo, the  University of Leeds, and currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project (Israel), his poems have previously appeared (or are forthcoming) in Appalachian Journal, Lehrhaus, New English Review, and Iceview (Iceland).

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