Wallace’s Prophecy of Plagiarism

Another new addition to The Wallace Variations. 

Wallace’s Prophecy of Plagiarism

He climbed into the dome
of a zelkova tree
& wouldn’t come down
for love nor money,
said he was a blackbird

with a catchphrase on
the tip of his tongue
stained red with cherry
sherbet— i thought, i may
need to call the fire brigade.

He took out a yellow post-it
& starting writing,
i tried to interrupt, but
he shushed! me, so
i waited my neck sore.

He let the note flutter
to my feet, it said
As soon as it appears
that I’m repeating myself,
it means I’m no longer
in control, but corporately
branded, turned out.

These works cannot
be trusted, cannot be given
the space to resist me.
At this point, I must be
stamped from history, again
that I may be reborn
to start the process of
my Complete Works anew.

Sincerely, your pal, Wally.

He began to cry, so
i called a meteorologist.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. kvennarad says:

    Turned out to be the right thing to do.

  2. Daniel, love the Wallace’s and of the recents this is is my fave 💚. It makes perfect sense to me, everything is newly repeated, which may be a concern. 😜

    1. It is also a joke about me using his work for my own benefit. i wouldn’t say everything is repeated exactly, but that we’ve been conditioned to live in the shadow of history & also to believe in an infinite variety of ways, which probably isn’t the case. Luckily, nobody can know everything.

      1. I suspected that (a joke about using his work). I agree, it’s a fascinating question, how to reconcile variation with history or newness with repetition. I’m probably biassed from having worked a bit with patents, but to me the resolution comes from considering the (abstract) scales/dimensions of a work, and where the repetition lies on them.

      2. Marginalia has been around for a while, so that for me is the inception. Next came critical studies soon after. Now so much is covered that is sensical only the non sensical remains& we have caught up with the function or real purpose of that, but it suites humanity & moreover, the anthropocene man quite comfortably. i can see my poems moving toward total subjectivity at some point.

      3. You’re probably right, but I still hope against hope that startling new things might be waiting to be discovered with the sensical in every field. At the start of the 20th century, physicists generally thought they’d discovered everything and there was just some tidying to do. Turned out they were a bit wrong. 🙂

      4. I’m not averse to this. I’ll follow any progessions intrigued.

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