The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1297  Tuesday, 27 June 2000.

From:           Sophie Masson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 27 Jun 2000 20:08:41 +1000
Subject: 11.1290 Is art eternal; Is art alive?
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1290 Is art eternal; Is art alive?

This is a rather beautiful contribution, which reminded me of a
wonderful poem by Australian writer Peter Kocan in his highly
recommended new collection, _Fighting in the Shade_(Hale and Iremonger,
PO Box 205 Alexandria, SW 2015, Australia, ISBN 0 86806 689 3). The poem
is called _Homer_, and it expresses exactly what Florence has said. It

He puts the right expression on his face,
Knocks at the back, explains he's passing through.
Might the exalted masters of the place
Want entertaining for a night or two?

The bard has ben around the tracks too long
And knows too well who pays his meagre wage:
The haughty and the stupid and the strong,
The edgy predators who rule the age.

It goes on for quite a few verses, but the final lines are:

The poet understands he'll go to dust
Having to tell his truth by subtle signs.
And his one consolation is to trust
Posterity will see between the lines.
(Peter Kocan)


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