for Colin Theriot
As you all know, so-called poetry
or this foolish unproductive activity
that goes by the same name has long been
a singular scourge of our great land.
It’s only practiced by the very weak
often sitting in a room all alone and
involves outdated, useless material
like books, which people no longer read.
No more. My action today bans poetry
from these United States. Let the poets
find another land where they can pursue
socialism and continue to earn low wages
while often criticizing the very successful.
With my signature today I hereby declare
this great country finally free of the
pestilent presence of poetry.
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