Monday, January 2, 2017


As part of our program
Of cultural outreach
Zheng Qi, a minor poet
Of the Tang dynasty,
Will chair a discussion
With minor Georgian poet
Lascelles Abercrombie,
And minor Greek poet
Erinna of Lesbos.
It is advisable
To arrive early.
There are no microphones
Abercrombie mutters
And we have no translator
For Zheng Qi. Errina
Intends to stay silent,
Protesting Fate
For allowing
Only four lines
Of all her poems
To survive. We will,
As always,
Serve refreshments
But they will not
Be very satisfying.

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