Poem introduction

Then I also, after 'Self Employed', sometime later wrote 'Curriculum Vitae' and at the end of it I allude to something that Yeats said (close paraphrase if not the exact words): he said "rhetoric comes from the quarrel one has with the world, and poetry comes from the quarrel one has with oneself."

Curriculum Vitae

'Curriculum Vitae'

1

Scribe out of work
At a loss for words
Not his to begin with,
The man life passed by
Stands at the window
Biding his time

2

Time and again
And now once more
I climb these stairs
Unlock this door -
No name where I live
Alone in my lair
With one bone to pick
And no time to spare


from New & Selected Poems (New English Library, 2005), copyright © Samuel Menashe 2005, used by permission of the author

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4Winter

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30Off the Wall

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86Survival

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89When

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