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Arielle Gavin

29 Feb Arielle Gavin

FEBRUARY POEM

 

 

Your wedding invitation came today

sealed with a pretty rose

though you do not like pretty things

Like my bedroom,

which is all pink

which would make me suspicious if it wasn’t mine

I like how you wrote an essay about pink,

your least favourite colour

Too much theory is a justification of taste

Making laws out of whims

Art appears increasingly as a textbook exercise:

Demonstrate your understanding of the theorem

Represent it as a word problem

Show all work

Is the solution to language’s omissions

to be found in the language games of a few?

I’m not saying it can’t be this way

I’m saying I don’t want it to be

Rehash the old argument in a pockmarked jacket

A kind of bed jacket worn with Adidas

If you don’t know what I’m talking about,

if it is no longer early 2016

— Yeezy

 


This poem was originally published on Toronto-based writer Arielle Gavin’s blog. Republished here with permission.

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