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The World Is Ugly and the People Are Sad

September 27, 2010

by Karl Elder

The people have done wrong. They have impeached the president. Each night on airwaves he enters their homes, pounding a kind of gavel, his fist, from which partially extends a finger. They sit there and they take it. It is the finger the president uses. It is the finger he uses to push their button.


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Karl Elder’s long poem The Houdini Monologues, with accompanying CD, is available from Word of Mouth Books, the imprint of his magazine Seems. Commentary from Elder on his poem “Ode in the Key of O” in Beloit Poetry Journal’s 60th anniversary chapbook, comprising new work from Chad Walsh Award recipients, appears in the journal’s blog, Poet’s Forum.

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  1. Tina Celio
    September 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    More and more potent with each reading. I keep coming back to this poem’s idea of judgment.

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