Spring 2010

 

 

POEM

 

The eviction of the insolvent artist

 

by Corrado Paina

 

I had not thought death had undone so many. 

(The Waste Land – T.S. Eliot)

 

 

The fallen are many


only the lucky ones


and the most eloquent prevail


in the pantheistic city


art is a corpse exhibited prudishly in squares and colosseums

the industry of the corpse prospers


subjugated by municipal ruling

 

public art believes it exists


architecture believes it exists


museums believe they are real


artists believe that language can reach the sky

 

there are no barricades


along the decumanus and the cardo


to stop the pompous stagecoaches of art

 

another museum


another temple for fast religions


municipal councils open museums and casinos

and churches temples stadiums


but we will return to this matter...

 

Toronto you don’t need perennial buildings

your story is mercurial


your human element is immortal


it is not museumable

museums are not the voice of air

the air that freezes decay


the air that gives death to art


the air that gives life to art

 

 

 

 

 

 

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