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Mr. Cogito in East Central Europe

Robert A. Davies

Mr. Cogito in East Central Europe

The trouble with you
Mr. Cogito
you don't smile.

Display your teeth
sell yourself
or the next guy will take
your Nobel right
from under your nose.

In the new order
if you want to write
why just write.

Don't expect
to be given readings
don't expect
publishers (of poetry?
don't make me laugh!)
to ask for a book.
Soon nobody
will read poetry
like the U.S.A.

It's dog eat dog.
Play it safe
write what the new
bosses want
study your navel
keep pleasant
not political.

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