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Donald Justice - Poem

This poem is not addressed to you.
You may come into it briefly,
But no one will find you here, no one.
You will have changed before the poem will.

Even while you sit there, unmovable,
You have begun to vanish. And it does no matter.
The poem will go on without you.
It has the spurious glamor of certain voids.

It is not sad, really, only empty.
Once perhaps it was sad, no one knows why.
It prefers to remember nothing.
Nostalgias were peeled from it long ago.

Your type of beauty has no place here.
Night is the sky over this poem.
It is too black for stars.
And do not look for any illumination.

You neither can nor should understand what it means.
Listen, it comes with out guitar,
Neither in rags nor any purple fashion.
And there is nothing in it to comfort you.

Close your eyes, yawn. It will be over soon.
You will forge the poem, but not before
It has forgotten you. And it does not matter.
It has been most beautiful in its erasures.

O bleached mirrors! Oceans of the drowned!
Nor is one silence equal to another.
And it does not matter what you think.
This poem is not addressed to you.

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Poet: Donald Justice
Poem: Poem

Comment 17 of 17, added on February 12th, 2012 at 8:29 AM.
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DfiwW2 Post brought me to think, went to mull over!!....

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Comment 16 of 17, added on May 27th, 2009 at 11:11 PM.

I wrote a class paper about Poem, and i think i figured it out. It tells you a lot how it isn't addressed to you and how you will forget it, but Justice means to challenge you- he wants you to say 'NO! i wont forget you!' and look into the meaning of the poem more.
The key phrase is "The spurious glamor of certain voids"- which means that people see the glamor of the representation of beauty instead of the certain voids (beauty or an idea not understood by the reader) that is true beauty.... Like if you think a painting is beautiful, but what is actually beautiful is the idea or message the painter is trying to get across.
So, Justice tries to get rid of as many pretty words and imagery as possible so that readers are forced to look at the meaning- kinda like stripping the paint off of a painting but leaving the meaning behind.
Its a bit of a paradox, cuz hes talking about a portrayal of beauty and its true beauty underneath it while the poem itself is one of these.
There's more details in each stanza, but thats the main point... i think... But Justice is amazing to write something with so much meaning!!!

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Comment 15 of 17, added on January 25th, 2006 at 12:23 PM.

It was uber cool... Yet odd...

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