"Poetry" by Alfred Kreymborg, 1883 - 1966

Ladislaw the critic
is five feet six inches high,
which means
that his eyes
are five feet two inches
from the ground,
which means,
if you read him your poem,
and his eyes lift to five feet
and a trifle more than two inches,
what you have done
is Poetry—
should his eyes remain
at five feet two inches,
you have perpetrated prose,
and do his eyes stoop
—which Heaven forbid!—
the least trifle below
five feet two inches,
you
are an unspeakable adjective.

This is the front cover art for the book Mushrooms written by Alfred Kreymborg. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher or the cover artist. Used under "Fair Use" custom.

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