An Emasculation

This was a book of prizes

of critics giving critics

awards that each of them desired;

And the age is the age of the academic,

the long brittle wire attachment,

the wherewithal by which these mannered marionettes’

movements are articulated. This is the an era

of the Lam and the Scam, of “publish or perish”,

the Who-am-I-to-criticize mentality,

an all-too-real fantasy of Interconnections

that’s caught us all by the balls and is squeezing.

This is the age wherein

you can look-him-up on the internet

to see if he’s really important.