Thursday, November 09, 2006

Dylan Thomas

If I don't miss my guess, this is the 53rd anniversary of Dylan Thomas's death.

Say what you will about the 1950s, but they were a time of great poetry; an era when poetry mattered to people.

The great Kenneth Rexroth wrote a memorial poem for Dylan Thomas. He called it "Thou Shalt Not Kill." It remains relevant today. A couple excerpts:

"They are murdering all the young men.
For half a century now, every day,
They have hunted them down and killed them.
They are killing them now."

The hyena with polished face and bow tie,
In the office of a billion dollar
Corporation devoted to service;
The vulture dripping with carrion,"

It's one of the most powerful poems I've ever read.
Ever read the poem, Miss Snark? Have you other Miss Snarks of the literary world read it?
You should read the poem. Read it. It was written to you.

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