Rangefinder and Powderhorn: Two Poems

Rangefinder and Powderhorn: Two Poems

by Arnold Klein


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Rangefinder and Powderhorn: Two Poems by Arnold Klein

"Rangefinder" is set in a discount megastore. As the poet walks the aisles, he ponders the moral ruin evident in the procession of products: the narcissistic cult of movie stars, the insidious ubiquity of pop music, the pernicious abdication by parents and teachers of their responsibilities to children, and the sick worship of wealth. Against the rampant evils of acquisitiveness, inauthenticity, and sentimentality, Klein urges the threefold virtues of attention, self-unity, and complex memory. "Powderhorn" recounts the trials of the poet as a young man discovering and holding fast to his vocation in spite of canting counselors and worldly temptations. As the mature poet walks the city streets, he observes vignettes that conjure the honied snares, false steps, and close calls of his own youth. Notwithstanding changes in the dangers faced by today's young, Klein asserts that the fateful stakes of youthful choices remain the same. Absent rigorous introspection and lifelong study of death, an individual's soul cannot but succumb to the vanities of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563139444
Publisher: BrownTrout Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.58(d)

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History, a Master states,
Is like a poem God writes in dates,

And sows antitheses so thick
It seems his style -- I'd say tic --

To make a sort of palindrome
That reads upon inspection, "home,"

But whispers, when examined, No;
A pretty poem; satiric, though,

And really wrought by human hands,
Which once you've learned to parse its strands

Obliges you to see both put
In every strophe, even foot,

And ascertain which reading fits,
The relative's or ultimate's,

To situate the status quo,
Which is, self-evidently, No...

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