A Nasty Little Quatrain

The avant-garde marched up a cul-de-sac,
And “Forward!” they keep shouting from the back.
They bang their knees and noses on the wall,
They’re just as fucked as Arthur was by Paul.


John Gibbens

(text and graphic)

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3 Responses to A Nasty Little Quatrain

  1. Fergus says:

    I don’t get it.

    Also, the image doesn’t work.

  2. Editor says:

    The image is now working. The quatrain is a wry comment on avant-garde poetry with a sly allusion to the relationship between Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine in what the latter refers to as ‘that city from the Bible’.

  3. JohnGibbens says:

    Ridiculous! Absurd! Disgusting!
    to quote A Rimbaud’s critique of A Rimbaud’s works

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