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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
(1969)

Malanga, Gerald
Part III: poems of war and revolution: and Andy knows,   p. 358 PDF (661.4 KB)


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The "new" is better -that's what we live by.
-Chuck Wein
AND ANDY KNOWS
The sense of "pride" is not dispassionate
nor vain. The new "establishment" is dead.
Their "words" disclose no elegance nor truths.
Then whom shall I learn to read? Who is
not worthy of support?
But I had other friends
And it was always morning in the small room.
I thought the clouds meant
I had finally received the emphasis of grace
358                                        To control tenderness itself.
I want to know why it is the mission, the defense
that inevitably betrays our own private "welcome."
Today we get a glimpse at Mars,
but "facts" are hidden by the nation's press:
"Aero-space" is violated, "demonstrations" are increased,
and in the East the "East" is losing patience.
Humiliation is the only public pain we can receive.
The new "establishment" is dead.
I am displeased and tired with all "those"
who suspiciously devise new "schemes."
Their deaths would be as unimportant as their lives,
and all the time we were this gentle
not to know insinuations of the voyaging, faint jets.
And we know why and we know why.


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