S&R Literature

S&R Poetry: "The Anthropocene Scene," by Michael C. Rush

Impelled toward vigor,
we’re demeaned by violence,
by nihilistic philistinism,
by wishful mysticism,
by competing mythologies
of those who cooperate only to copulate,
by individuality stifled with surveillance
and the cynical fratricide of civil war.

What insufferable guests we are in the world!

Go all rococo
in your mental temple,
become unfit
for civil service.

Find wanton acquaintances
and focused friends.

Brook no interference.
Reject no assistance.

Move outweird from the center.

A taboo, once violated,
deflates like a pricked balloon.

Become a person of one,
of few, or of many.

And two to avoid:
the despotic and the neurotic.


Michael C. Rush is made very uneasy by the influence of biography on poetry and prefers that the reader consider his poems alone, on their own merits, as words, without indulging in whatever small, idle curiosity about the specifics of his background and life that they may feel.

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