The Age Demanded

Original Text: 
The Collected Poems of Ernest Hemingway, Number One of The Library of Living Poetry (Richard West, 1979); North York Public Library 821 H.
2And cut away our tongue.
3The age demanded that we flow
4And hammered in the bung.
5The age demanded that we dance
6And jammed us into iron pants.
7And in the end the age was handed
8The sort of shit that it demanded.


1] Gerogiannis notes that "The title and the rhythm are borrowed from the second part of Ezra Pound's `Hugh Selwyn Mauberly'" (139). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Querschnitt 5.ii (February 1925): 111.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.