The Instrument (by Les Murray)
Les Murray, Conscious and Verbal (Manchester: Carcanet, 1999). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2000 International Shortlist).
1Who reads poetry? Not our intellectuals;
2they want to control it. Not lovers, not the combative,
3not examinees. They too skim it for bouquets
4and magic trump cards. Not poor schoolkids
5furtively farting as they get immunized against it.
6Poetry is read by the lovers of poetry
7and heard by some more they coax to the caféThe rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
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