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"Time for a Poem in Dublin" by Eduard Schmidt-Zorner


Title image shows 'Sfera con Sfera', a sculpture located at Trinity College, Dublin.

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Published May 1st, 2023

Time for a Poem in Dublin

by Eduard Schmidt-Zorner
(Milltown, County Kerry, Ireland)

He is a famous street poet of the 60s
and still alive, he did not dive,
wears still the scarf around his neck
in a mischievous way
and has a look like Steinbeck.

I asked him if he ever read Baudelaire:
frozen real solid got he
wouldn't answer me.

He goes through a book,
photographs of poets mostly.
He is not in there.
He began too late and lived too long
in small rooms, drinking whiskey
and avoiding the landlady.

I am no Camus but it bothers me to see
the halfwits making hay
out of tragicomedy, says he.
There is only one place
Alone with a typewriter or a keyboard.
Because the writers of the street
get their soul sucked out by idiots.
They all want to kill your creativity.

The poem is carefully typed, not an error.
Double-spaced the words.
It's a horrible one, it speaks of the terror
and some tragedy
in the 19th century.

Eduard Schmidt-Zorner is a translator and writer of poetry, haibun, haiku, and short stories. He writes in English, French, Spanish, and German and holds workshops on Japanese and Chinese style poetry and prose and experimental poetry. He is a member of four writer groups in Ireland. Eduard has lived in County Kerry, Ireland, for more than 30 years and is a proud Irish citizen, born in Germany. He is published in over 180 anthologies, literary journals, and broadsheets.

This poem is included in Poetry World #6, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Dublin Poetry Magazine:
Sometimes It's Sunny in April
by Eoin Dynan

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