21st Century American poets
Sing about God’s “disappearance” –
But it’s not God who’s disappearing, it’s America’s spiritual culture –
What a waste! – our allegiance to a nationalism of no love –
To upper-echelon materialism –
And, also, to this ersatz “heaven” of global capitalism.
This raises the question, however,
Whether anything can exist without a center –
Especially since our own center is an “ego”
Which we’re rapidly losing confidence in.
The primary duty of working poets at all times and places
Is to sing about joy in the presence of God –
So that each of us might, in turn, have our own individual joys reaffirmed
And our true center hold.
When American poets started giving up God –
What was left was a group of negative images and a few slick verbal tricks –
What was left, in essence, was a deep emotional depression – artistically made invisible.
But what came next, of course, was Satan –
Grinning ear to ear –
Death trailing behind in all its manifold forms –
Entering our lives like the tide –
This is the price we’re going to be required to pay
For American poets being so willing to let the “real” God go.