Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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But his poetry is not recognized
recognized by whom? Why buy applause
of people, not knowing what they are applauding?
Those secure in the past seldom identify the future
examples are too numerous, but some favorites are:
1. Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake
because he believed in the heretic Copernican
heliocentric theory of the universe;
2. Galileo was condemned by Papal authority
after his opinions wandered upon seeing
the moons of Jupiter;
3. Vincent Van Gogh could barely trade his canvasses
for bread;
4. Osip Mandelstam died in Siberia for his freedom to write.
How many wives, women and children have these experts had?
Have they picked apart the guts of the world or been thrown
through the centrifuge of life by Caribbean hurricanes
can they boast of more titles and degrees; have they pounded the
sidewalks of Wall Street or stood in a U.S. Appellate Court to defend
honor; or suffered the consequences of dishonesty
or placed sacred American testaments of Christ in communist libraries?
Have they mined real gold and silver or sold Chilean copper slurry
to Chinese? How many have crashed in mental collapse
and economic ruin, to rise again, without drugs or alcohol
can they even write a line that is all their own?

Jan G. Otterstrom F. 3/20/2013