The Daily “Huh?” – This Isn’t Porn!

Image: Guilty as Charged

Ode to a Pornographic Poet

The Poet of Smut
must first rehearse
How many words
He can get per verse

–Richard Scott

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4 responses to “The Daily “Huh?” – This Isn’t Porn!

  1. I guess you would think that my olde ode would be the longer classical version. And guess what? I’m a classicist.

  2. This may not be an Ode, but I thought that you at least, Richard, would find some humor in it. It is from Juvenal, just to convince you that, yes, I’m actually half way through his work. But he begins with a look at writers in an age of Rome, that reminds me of today. Perhaps you too will see the similarity. I present what would be Juvenal’s take on ‘today’s situation’.
    Must I always be stuck in the audience at these poetry-readings, never
    Up to the platform myself, taking it out on Cordus
    For the times he’s bored me to death with ranting speeches
    From that Theid of his? Is X to get off scot-free
    Aftger inflicting his farces on me, or Y his elegies? Is there
    No recompense for whole days waster on prolix
    Versions of Telephus? Ad what about that Orest6es –
    Ech margin of the roll crammed solid, top and bottom,
    More on the back, and still it wasn’t finished!
    …..
    …….The stale them es are bellowed deaily
    In rich patrons’ colonnades, till their marble pillars
    Crack with a surfeit of rhetoric. ….
    …..
    You get the same stuff from them all, established poet
    And raw beginner alike. I too have winced under the cane
    and Concocted ‘Advice to Sulla’: Let the depot retire
    Into private life, take a good long sleep, and so on. When you find
    Hordes of poets on each street corner, it’s misplaced kindness
    To refrain from writing. The paper will still be wasted.
    Why then have I chosen to drive my team down the tr4ack
    Which great Lucillus blazed? If you have the leisure to listen
    Calmly and reasonably, I will enlighten you.

    And Juvenal keeps his ‘promises’, with his own stylized ‘rhetoric’.

  3. Well, no matter what happens, I trust that you, Richard, will have found some per-verse merit in the poetry of Juvenal. In reading him, I do find that he has, like the poet-philosopher Nietzsche, an interesting perspective that was surely relevant to the times.

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