Wednesday, September 22, 2010

THE .DOC FILE OF J ALFRED PRUFROCK



T.S. Eliot (age 25) and Ezra Pound (age 28) met on this date in 1914, and had a cup of tea in Pound’s Kensington flat... in honor of which, this excerpt from an updated version of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," which appeared in Poetry magazine the very next year:

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And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Is this wanky?" "Is this fair?"
Time to turn back and descend the stair
With a comment on the level of your player
[They will say: "How his server's lagging slow!"]
My morning cosplay, collar mounting firmly to the chin
My website rich and modest, but accessed by a simple login
[They will say: "But how his content's growing thin!"]
Do I dare
Disturb the interwebs?
In a minute there is time
For fanfictions and revisions which Google Docs may reverse.

Full text here.

Tip of the hat to my Twittering friends at the Scottish Poetry Library!

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