poet as autocrat

What are poetics given to power? First, metaphors cannot be substantiated by references to reality. So they start referring to each other using erudition and authority, a hopelessly futile exercise in insulated creativity. Second, it is masculine in intent and hence inherently damage-bent. Third, it grows inward as it pretends to reach outward.

the poet as autocrat is the he-
call, call

-ous in its appropriation of
gender; tender

-ness its coaxed alternative;
poet; poet

-ess as merger of we and awe;
she; she-

call bound by physics but unbound
in so many other ways

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