Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Autobiographika Politika



I won’t go back to the anarchist home.
I want to be disorganized all alone.
I want to affiliate with a moral majority
but they always have the wrong morals.

I’m a decadent middle-aged man. I will take
my capitalist luxuries where I find them. 
I will tell my grandchildren anti-war stories.
I will no longer hunt for the earthmother,
communal, egalitarian breasts. I will
hesitate about jumping in the sack with
“Miss Revolution.”

Why should I waste my final days?
Instead, I’ll be a cure, a muse, a tailor
for Goliaths, a broken country, despoiled,
looking for the puritanical guerillas.

But no, more likely, I will
continue seeing Dr. C. once a week forever.
I will go on believing in the “Eternal”
which Justice William O. Douglas located
in the woods of the Northwest.

Sometime I will die on a day
of mixed emotions, halfway
between theory and practice. 
The poems remaining in me will float
upward like pickles in a barrel.

O pity my wasteful, ridiculous soul
burning its overabundant crops
like the capitalist farmers;
my soul with its revolutionary storehouse
of explosives that no one
can locate; my enervated overworked
Leninist soul dominated by plans;
my hesitantly anarchist, increasingly conservative,
forward-looking entrepreneurial soul.

 

 

Lou Lipsitz was born and grew up in Brooklyn. He taught political science for many years at UNC-CH. This poem grew out of his many political involvements in the struggles of the 60s and 70s. He is now a psychotherapist working in Chapel Hill. He has published four books of poems. The latest, IF THIS WORLD FALLS APART, won the Blue Lynx prize in 2010 and was published by Lynx House Press.


 

 

 

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