CATULLUS 22

Suffenus has good manners, lots of charm
and so prolific too. His books of verse
are beautifully printed; the reverse
of our small print run pamphlets.Where’s the harm

in that? Nice typeface, every little stitch
in place, a nice production job thanks to
his publisher. But it’s so sad when you
Actually read his clumsy verses which

are witless, idiotic, countryfied,
verse with straw in its hair, a snotty nose.
But when he talks about it, you’d suppose
it great. He really would be mortified

if he knew what I think. To me this seems
a lesson in remembering motes and beams.

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About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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6 Responses to CATULLUS 22

  1. lnhammer says:

    *cough*

    What’s the original image of that last line?

    —L.

    • rozkaveney says:

      It’s about the weight of the knapsack on your shoulder as opposed to the other guy’s. It seemed the sort of proverbial cliche where one might as well use the modern equivalent.

  2. lnhammer says:

    As opposed to “The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered”?

    —L.

  3. lnhammer says:

    Sold to the man with scary shiny glasses.

    —L.

  4. lnhammer says:

    Most TV Tropes articles are cool links.

    —L.

  5. swisstone says:

    A nice condensing of the original, that makes it punchier and more concise.

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