Dogs 2015

ANOTHER CRITIC
(5/17/15)


"well

it really
doesn't really
count
for anything
if it's not
published

does it?"

he imitated
a knowing
look
of genius

I would
hazard
to explain to him
that the vast
majority
of published work
is garbage

that having
a book
in circulation
really
means nothing

that the act
of writing
is the only
significant event

that moment
when the words
seem to erupt
from some fissure
of creation
quite beyond
the scope
of the author's
intention

quite beyond
the scope
of the author's
understanding

that there is
magic
in fingers moving
seemingly
at the behest
of some unseen
force

that the
process
and not
the result
is the only
reality

because other
than a few
similar
pithy comments
emailed or texted
he is not
a writer
himself

any defense
on my part
would fall
under corrupt
consideration

another battle
won
by not
fighting

"no"

I answered

and left
to write
about it