Today is one of those days when I wish I knew
everything, like the critics.
I need a bit of self-confidence, like the critics.
I wish I knew about Coptic, for example, and Shakti-Yoga.
The critics I read know them, and they say so.
I wish I could say so.
I want to climb up some big publishing mountain
and wear a little skullcap and say so: I know.
Confidence, that’s what I need-to know-
And would have if I came from California or New York.
If I came from France I could say such things as,
“Art opened its eyes on itself
at the time of the Renaissance.”
If I came from California I could say,
“Christianity was short circuited by Constantine.”
If I came from New York I could say anything.
I come from Minnesota.
I must get a great big book with all the critics in it
And eat it. One gets so hungry and stupid in Minnesota.
From Zero to the Absolute
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