Saturday, March 31, 2012
Just a little taste... the first poem in EMBLEM, published in December.
adapted from Alciati's Book of Emblems
AGAINST THOSE WEALTHY VIA PUBLIC MISCHIEF
Avarice in check, the country at peace,
does not please everyone. Those who fish
for eels, for example, who know how to slice
one into segments thin as paper dollars
for sushi or paste, must find some way
to roil the placid water and churn the bottom
to be successful. (To stir the muck religion
makes a good long stick, or bogus history
wed to rhetoric.) They know just how.
They have fished for eels a thousand years.
 Andrea Alciati's Emblematum liber or Book of Emblems, a collection of 212 Latin emblem poems,
was first published in 1531, and was expanded in various editions during the author's lifetime.