Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Reviewing a Unicorn

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Reviewing a Unicorn

Article excerpt

for Michael Lista

Reviewing Chinese Democracy [by Guns N' Roses] is not like reviewing music. It's more like reviewing a unicorn. Should I primarily be blown away that it exists at all? Am I supposed to compare it to conventional horses? -Chuck Klosterman

The mob that likes to think

it likes such things

as unicorns will judge

your work a hatchet job

and you, a hack, a heart-

less Viking tucking in

at his trestle table-

hacking loose a hoof

or breaking off a haunch

of a horse laid out

among apples on a platter.

Never mind your skill

with a cleaver, your wielding

it the way a surgeon does

a scalpel; the mob won't see,

being up in the balcony

of the operating theatera,

what lies before you: a horse

with a tacky, tacked-

on prosthesis, the sort

of cost-effective solution

an extra wears when playing

it alien on some show. …

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