Sunday, October 31, 2010

Where is it Hiding? by Richard F. Yates

Museums are mausoleums
and galleries attract rogues
Street art is criminalized
even when it improves the neighborhood
Online work is virtually interesting
(though too many pixels ruin the pie)
And blogging
reminds me of too much rum

What of the academy's
ivory towers and hallowed halls?
Ivory is endangered
and hallowed echoes hollowed
Communities spread disease
Minds are often closed
for business
And guerrilla art
can only chatter
and stomp its feet

Does art live in the pen?
Let's hope not
You never know when
we'll run out of ink
"No more war" you said
and I listened
and nodded
and went home

Author bio:

Richard F. Yates is a poet, author, and artist living in southwestern Washington State in the U.S.A. He is married, has two daughters, and works at Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington. His written work has appeared in such places as: Mad Swirl, The Salmon Creek Journal, Words-Myth, Yankee Pot Roast, Counterexample Poetics, The Salal Review, Word Riot, and Vision? Nary! Magazine.

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