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A Paradise of Poets

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He takes a book down from his shelf & scribbles across a
page of text: I am the final one. This means the world will
end when he does.

In the Inferno, Dante conceives a Paradise of Poets & calls
it Limbo.

Foolishly he thinks his place is elsewhere.

Now the time has come to write a poem about a Paradise of Poets.

Jerome Rothenberg, "A Paradise of Poets" from Seedings and Other Poems. Copyright © 1996  by Jerome Rothenberg.  Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Source: Seedings and Other Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1996)
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