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Ferlinghetti, Lawrence: Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)

Portre of Ferlinghetti, Lawrence

Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) (English)

Constantly risking absurdity
                                     and death
           whenever he performs
                                    above the heads
                                                      of his audience
 the poet like an acrobat
                           climbs on rime
                                 to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
                               above a sea of faces
            paces his way
                             to the other side of day
    performing entrechats
                          and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
                          and all without mistaking
                  any thing
                           for what it may not be

      For he's the super realist
                                 who must perforce perceive
                 taut truth
                             before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
                              toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
                                 with gravity
                                          to start her death-defying leap

And he
     a little charleychaplin man
                               who may or may not catch
      her fair eternal form
                          spreadeagled in the empty air
         of existence

From A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems. Copyright 1958 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.



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Source of the quotationhttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/52319/constantly-risking-absurdity-15

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