Book Review: An Endorsement for a Poem I Like

 Poetry. (2018). Small format altered book featuring the poem "Poetry" by Alfred Kreymborg.

Poetry. (2018). Small format altered book featuring the poem "Poetry" by Alfred Kreymborg.

I am getting ready for the Greater Gardiner River Festival coming up on June 23, 2018 in Gardiner, Maine. It is a one-day show that runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Water Street and Waterfront Park. Usually, I do a book review on Tuesdays, but my reading has slowed down a bit.

Today, I decided to feature a poem of Alfred Kreymborg's called "Poetry." It is in the public domain and this is just one of the pieces I am using in my small format altered books.

Poetry by Alfred Kreymborg

Ladislaw the critic is five feet six inches high,

which means that his eyes are five feet two inches from the ground,

which means, if you read him your poem,

and his eyes lift to five feet and a trifle more than two inches,

what you have done is Poetry—

should his eyes remain at five feet two inches,

you have perpetrated prose,

and do his eyes stoop—which Heaven forbid!—

the least trifle below five feet two inches,

you are an unspeakable adjective.

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