Dantescan Voices | Gerard Sarnat

“…My house is a decayed house,
And the jew squats on the window sill, the owner…”
— T.S. Eliot, “Gerontion”

Bukowski spit: “Most publishers
thought that anything boring had something
to do with things profound.

I carried The Cantos
in and out and Ezra helped me strengthen
my arms if not my brain…”

A purer poet than Ezra,
T.S. placed second
in the pound-of-flesh grammar school.

To reckon with Fascist “Eliot” concerns,
parsing my newborn grandson’s name,
I insisted on an extra L.

Now working out Spanglish sounds big Eliot would judge mongrel, little Elliot may never know.


Gerard Sarnat is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s “HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man” and 2012’s “Disputes.” He has been published or is forthcoming in over 70 journals and anthologies. Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s been a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, a CEO of health care organizations, and a Stanford professor. For “The Huffington Post” review of his work and more; visit GerardSarnat.com.

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