Lenore (Aka. Lenore du Nord)
--For Sven Birkerts
Edgar understood the aural dimension
of how to reed the tenor of the nation:
The Love & Times of an American Slave.
A Life in chains, then linked wholly to the land,
flowers & shame, so that all could understand,
although few would care to read anything more...
He was briefly & quietly emboldened
perhaps through the making of a new poem,
to tell the world that, sadly, "something was wrong."
Le Nord was The North of our modern French lore,
bore a complicity not to be ignored,
an accomplice; crimes against humanity.
& as his work as an editor progressed,
his success as a writer we now confess
fishes for an ephemeral profession.
Where we go from here is anybody's guess,
As who knew? We knew, yes oui nous for the best,
& get some sleep now for you all know the rest...