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The Tradition 2



We work to know the names of the world
but only learn the names that others have given it.

Better, perhaps, to imagine imagining without images
when the concrete is merely explicit, where empirical
metaphysicians, provocateurs without purpose,
jockey for juxtaposition to insinuate themselves into the congestion
while renouncing obliquity, any existence in which everyone
felt every orgasm, the accidental revelation
born of the tradition of ignoring tradition.
Alienation, too, is an attention.

It is hard not to feel pity, intermittently,
for those whose thoughts are as unsustainable as emotions.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.