Of Rhyme & Reason iii: the coda (vino in veritas revised)— the end as the beginning as the end of the…

need some feedback on this so i’ll be pushing it like a boot peddler over the weekend, bring me your thoughts.

Daniel Paul Marshall

Of Rhyme & Reason: the coda (vino in veritas revised)— the end as the beginning as the end of the…

vino in veritas (revised)

i stopped tallying birthdays around the 17th Century
—if my mind serves me faithfully my well of ink ran dry
& only coin enough spare for my grape fused booze
my choice was simple: force of habit see. a fear of death.— i chose vino.
a lot of people think the longer you live the easier it must be to die
but there’s a tipping point once tipped beyond you can’t return
: eventually you’ve been alive so long you cannot comprehend not being alive
& so you slog through the centuries, in my case, inebriate & lonely
semi-divine if only because you chose to see out the universe
which even gods opt out of living through— i’ll tell you that for tuppence.
at first when…

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  1. pseudonymous says:

    In regards to:

    “i want this essay to serve… as a document, to inspire Roethkean hard work in the writing of a poem— to inspire people to strongly misprision their own poetic endeavours, to labour under the search light of tradition, & in that search light be making mistake after mistake correction after correction— there is a standard of beauty there, perhaps already written about, perhaps to come.”

    I didn’t comment because I feel like you hit the nail on the head with that. Also because I doubt there’s anything I can say that can add to this in any way. It’s very interesting to see how you break it down after reading it. There are things I’d never notice or be able to explain but make sense when you bring them to light. I was definitely inspired after reading it. Hope that helps.

    1. it does, thank you— when i go out on a limb & experiment, a human voice to just tell me it isn’t terrible or stupid helps a lot. so thank you.

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