Paul Perry I: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Paul Perry I: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

We have to call it by some name –
and if we are looking for new things we shall
find them more easily in (but less easily than) the ancients.
You have heard your own story, you recognize your children,
will you reward the poet?

What usually happens in dreams happened to me.
I abounded in happy curiosities; why should these things,
every one of them, in all their hues and semi-hues,
in all their fades and coita, be faithfully represented
by an arbitrary system of grunts and squeals?

Please do not read reprobation or disdain in the foregoing words.
Surely the merchant did not lie this time.
We, who do not look at one another, will be able to contemplate
the treasures that the stars have promised.
The time will come to count the bodies – but we are
impenitent and even unaware of the implications.

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