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Subject:

Re: 'Plague Species' by Colin Crisp

From:

Frederick Pollack <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc provides a venue for a dialogue relating to poetry and poetics <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 5 Apr 2003 09:12:02 -0500

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cooee wrote:
> 
> [my old fellow-student and friend (Auckland 1950s) has sent me this from
> Brisbane (where he taught French literature and Cinema history till
> recently). Max Richards, Cooee, Melbourne]
> 
> Plague Species
> ou, Les formes actuelles de la peste
> 
> Infect! Infect! said one killer virus to another killer virus.
> More blood! More blood! said one anopheles mosquito to another anopheles
> mosquito.
> Defoliate! Defoliate! said one plague locust to another plague locust.
> Gnaw! Gnaw! said one fat rat to another fat rat.
> Consume! Consume! said one American to another American.
> 
> What fool said ³United Nations²?
>     Pack of obstructionist wankers!
> What fool said ³Human Rights²?
>     Call them human?
> What fool said ³Democracy²?
>     Oh.  That was us.
> 
> Infect! Infect! said one killer virus to another killer virus.
> Inject! Inject! said one anopheles mosquito to another anopheles mosquito.
> Ingest! Ingest! said one plague locust to another plague locust.
> Infest! Infest! said one fat rat to another fat rat.
> Invest! Invest! said one capitalist to another capitalist.
> 
> What fool said ³ŠWhites of their Eyes²?
>     Death from a Distance is safer.
> What fool said ³Clash of Civilizations²?
>     Call that a civilization!
> What fool said ³It¹s all for their own good²?
>     Oh.  That was us.
> 
> Spread out! Spread out! said the corps commanders.
> Mutate! Mutate! said the killer viruses.
> Multiply! Metamorphose! Proliferate! Diversify!Š..
> Yes! Diversify! said one corporate boss to another corporate boss.
> 
> What fool said ³Poverty and injustice create terrorists²?
>     It¹s an Axis of Evil!
> What fool said ³The poor are always with us²?
>     See how they burn!
> What fool said ³They deserve to be free²?
>     Oh.  That was us.
> 
> Ex-ter-mi-nate! Ex-ter-mi-nate! said one Dalek to another Dalek.
> Globalize! Globalize! said one plague species to another plague species.
>     Oh. That was us.
> YEW   ESS:   US
>                                 27 March  ­ 2 April, 2003


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