Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
The title of this poem is an oxymoron. That’s the point.
THE LOGIC OF POST-MODERNISM
“Logic’s nothing but a verbal trick,”
Post-Modern thinkers often like to claim.
They work quite hard to make that judgment stick.
All those who don’t agree are simply thick,
Incompetent to play the language game
Where logic’s nothing but a verbal trick.
It’s all a plot by Dead White Males to kick
Non-Westerners and keep them meek and tame?
Well, that’s one way to make their judgment stick.
“Is there a Text in this class?” Don’t be quick
To ask if there’s a prof to ask the same,
For logic’s nothing but a verbal trick.
All truth is surreptitious rhetoric,
For words call only other words by name;
The will to power makes this judgment stick!
You say it all sounds just a bit too slick?
Shh! Shh! Don’t give the game away—for shame!
If Logic’s nothing but a verbal trick,
What logic then can make that judgment stick?
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