Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ernest Hemingway, Also Banned

Poems from another frequently banned author: Oak Park's own Mr. Ernest Hemingway:

Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899-1961)
The Age Demanded

The age demanded that we sing
And cut away our tongue.

The age demanded that we flow
And hammered in the bung.

The age demanded that we dance
And jammed us into iron pants.

And in the end the age was handed
The sort of shit that it demanded.

1] Gerogiannis notes that "The title and the rhythm are borrowed from the second part of Ezra Pound's `Hugh Selwyn Mauberly'" (139).

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