A Letter to My Aunt

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A Letter to My Aunt

Post by Guest on Wed 05 Mar 2008, 8:35 pm

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...............To you, my aunt, who would explore
...............The literary Chankley Bore,
...............The paths are hard, for you are not
...............A literary Hottentot
...............But just a kind and cultured dame
...............Who knows not Eliot (to her shame).
...............Fie on you, aunt, that you should see
...............No genius in David G.,
...............No elemental form and sound
...............In T.S.E. and Ezra Pound.
...............Fie on you, aunt! I'll show you how
...............To elevate your middle brow,
...............And how to scale and see the sights
...............From modernist Parnassian heights.

...............First buy a hat, no Paris model
...............But one the Swiss wear when they yodel,
...............A bowler thing with one or two
...............Feathers to conceal the view;
...............And then in sandals walk the street
...............(All modern painters use their feet
...............For painting, on their canvas strips,
...............Their wives or mothers, minus hips).

...............Perhaps it would be best if you
...............Created something very new,
...............A dirty novel done in Erse
...............Or written backwards in Welsh verse,
...............Or paintings on the backs of vests,
...............Or Sanskrit psalms on lepers' chests.
...............But if this proved imposs-i-ble
...............Perhaps it would be just as well,
...............For you could then write what you please,
...............And modern verse is done with ease.

...............Do not forget that 'limpet' rhymes
...............With 'strumpet' in these troubled times,
...............And commas are the worst of crimes;
...............Few understand the works of Cummings,
...............And few James Joyce's mental slummings,
...............And few young Auden's coded chatter;
...............But then it is the few that matter.
...............Never be lucid, never state,
...............If you would be regarded great,
...............The simplest thought or sentiment,
...............(For thought, we know, is decadent);
...............Never omit such vital words
...............As belly, genitals and -----,
...............For these are things that play a part
...............(And what a part) in all good art.
...............Remember this: each rose is wormy,
...............And every lovely woman's germy;
...............Remember this: that love depends
...............On how the Gallic letter bends;
...............Remember, too, that life is hell
...............And even heaven has a smell
...............Of putrefying angels who
...............Make deadly whoopee in the blue.
...............These things remembered, what can stop
...............A poet going to the top?

...............A final word: before you start
...............The convulsions of your art,
...............Remove your brains, take out your heart;
...............Minus these curses, you can be
...............A genius like David G.

...............Take courage, aunt, and send your stuff
...............To Geoffrey Grigson with my luff,
...............And may I yet live to admire
...............How well your poems light the fire.

...............* Dylan Thomas


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Re: A Letter to My Aunt

Post by Guest on Thu 05 Jun 2008, 12:29 pm

I have also read this before . just great
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Re: A Letter to My Aunt

Post by Guest on Thu 05 Jun 2008, 12:40 pm

yes its great poem

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Re: A Letter to My Aunt

Post by BC Williams on Fri 06 Jun 2008, 6:59 am

Would that I could find myself inspired to write as he . . . but I read that he was drawn to drink - and I've a very weak tummy for that sort of thing, lol!

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