No wonder kids don’t like it —

 

My blue-sky

an office

shoved aside

 

as a shudder

snake oil

 

the dead

a foreign

“silent majority”

 

turned into a bankroll

 

how to raise a vegetarian

in such a world

 

the geography

 

If the subway line won’t

bird or

 

learn to

turn a buck

by heart

 

We have all these ways of throwing

a living

 

“The Cherry Orchard”

singing

in

the refrigerator

 

 

This poem uses the Surrealist cut-up technique to engage with William Logan’s New York Times editorial, “Poetry: Who Needs It?,” published on June 14, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Laura Eve Engel
‘s work can be found in the Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Columbia Poetry Review, Tin House and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, she is the Residential Program Director of the UVa Young Writers Workshop.
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