There was Also Valium in the Drink, Placed there by Two Other People (by Alice Notley)
Alice Notley, Disobedience (New York: Penguin, 2001). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from the winning volume on the 2002 International Shortlist).
1you had, effectively, drugged me, but
2what I saw on the drug was true
3you put acid in my drink without telling me, so
4I would loosen up and be fun for you
5but what I saw was that the historical portraits
6of fat wigged men were alive
7and ranged a gamut of demonic expression.
8Then I blacked out; you told me, later,
9I'd said that the way my brother had died
10made everything seem worthless; I'd shouted
11at you that your essays on war were self-gratifying.
12Oh yes, history. You said that I
13should have seen his life as a speck of loss in the struggle,
14immense and longterm, of an Asian nation,
15a spark to balance against 20 Asian sparks--
16how fucking comforting!
17Perhaps you could die too, to help make enough
18counter-balancing sparks? Well, who then
19would write your poems, I suppose you'd say.The rest of the poem cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
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