On Narcissism – A Riddle
Not all texts employ the poet’s dearest tool.
‘What tool could that be?’ you ask.
Close. Not language, exactly, but a component of language – a symbol, a glyph.
Some typefaces bestow crossbars on the uppercase character to form a columnar shape, but the symbol doesn’t always support the complex structure of language, for the very text that you read not once employs the self-centred letter. Trust me, you can check – use your eyes.
It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m launching an ebook of anti-romantic poems, Before the Cheesecake Arrived. What’s it about? Well, here’s the blurb:
Poems which sketch the arc of an unsuccessful relationship [in the twenty-first century] from the beginning to the bitter end.
So if you’re feeling bitter about Valentine’s Day this year you’re in luck. Before the Cheesecake Arrived is completely free, so you can download / print / share it in any way you like.