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No Nostalgia Sundays: Lessons In Greek Mythology And Bleak Pathology

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No Nostalgia Sundays: Lessons In Greek Mythology And Bleak Pathology

I dig allusions. I always have, and I probably always will. I like the idea of metaphorically pointing to something outside of a piece in scope and time and having the reader get a better, fuller understanding of what you’re going for without having to actually spell it out for them, which admittedly can be a painstaking process.

Don’t call it laziness; call it artistic license.

When I was younger, however, I saw allusions a little differently. Allusions were poetic street cred: the more you laid down, the more you were showing that you were down, dig? It works much the same way as namedropping within the music scene: the more obscure bands you know about, the cooler you are. See how that works?

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Chicanery Row

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Nowadays, with a bit of good will, you can call anybody crazy. -Jean Cocteau, “Intimate Relations”

Down Chicanery Row
the street lamps are lynching poles
and mortuaries are shopping malls.
The dead never rise up again
like they do in the movies
or scripture:
They stay down,
Down Chicanery Row.

The worst kind of charlatan:
the one who believes in his own illusions,
fancying himself a magician
when he’s really a tragician.

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