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The Jane Moran Prize, Winter 2013
Brian Slusher
The Means of Production
When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills.
How can American poetry compete
in a global economy? When imagery
manufactured outside our borders is
ten times cheaper, and the versed
consumer cares more about price
than quality? To wit, I have
outsourced all my poems to a factory
in Shandong province, where
847 Chinese poets labor in three
shifts to create (if you will)
a diverse line of “non-prosaic
word-singings” (their translation),
each constructed per my blueprints
and marketed for the reader
who longs for epiphany yet leans
toward frugality. I know old-school
rhymesters might bridle at this, but
talk doesn’t cook rice and aren’t
the stars we scribble on about
both beautiful and mass-produced?
Plus I teleconference the line
breaks daily. So look for my work
in your local superstore, shelved
between the candy and the fertilizer.

©2013 Brian Slusher