Poetry: The Sharp Poetry of A. Van. Jordon in 'The Cineaste'

A Van Jordan The Cineast PoemsOver the years, I have learned to appreciate the power of poetry. Perhaps a decade ago I would have tried to find words to describe the last months of tragedies, events which have affected my friends, have affected me. I know now that I'm justing adding to the noise. Instead, I'm re-reading one of my favourite poets to find the spaces that speaks for me. Perhaps reading poetry may help you as much as it does me.

This poem is from The American poet A. Van Jordan. His poems from his book 'The Cineaste', published in 2013 by W.W.Norton, NY, are structured as a running script in a lost Hollywood movie while observing our present moment with sharp eyes. There is a space for poetry today, that grows ever larger.










Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955)


By A. Van Jordan


They take as men are wont to do-with zeal,

like men who want more from the world,

which sounds like a noble endeavor,

but when they plan, their plans involve

hurting others, if necessary, like men

will do when they desire. And every building,

every storefront window or locked door,

every vault with jewels or an open door,

or even a cop on a beat guarding a building,

forms a means to an end. The world fills with men

who want more, which sounds ignoble when plans involve

hurting others. When men with an endeavor-

men with patience, with skill-can hurt the world,

they do. They take, as men are wont to do, with zeal.


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