Saturday, April 6, 2013

How Much is a Poem Worth?

by Jim Rapp

I’ve just spent, over the last two days,
eight hours or more composing
an eight stanza poem. Now, how do I defray
the cost of such an imposing
enterprise?

Charging by the line – a dollar each –
five lines per stanza equals forty bucks.
Or by the hour – I know it’s quite a reach –
at federal minimum, and with some luck,
a bigger prize*.

It is clear by now that writers are,
by definition, a liability; even Roosevelt
put them on the New Deal dole – on par
with diggers, axmen, and others that he felt
had been disfranchised.
_______________
*$58.00

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