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A Plague Upon
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Theme’s a dream, a scheme, a meme

      Plies, motes, strokes breeding to be repeated,
Seasons of the mind, reasons to commune …
                                                          you who bark
                                                and squall …
      dark in the center of day.

Replication steers
                      determined,
Focused on
                      the mark …

Anything, anyone, anywhere
Catch a speeding meme and clench
between your teeth to tweet,
tweet, to let your keepers know …

Oh, Papageno
Pa Pa Pa        Pa Pa Pa
Papageno Papageno

Repeat after me

Defeat the meme
Unseat the meme
Make sure you see what jumps the gate

Place it near your scope
Smear it on your lens
Spread it on the rug

We are famine, victim, cursed with bounty,
saviors of none, carriers and carters,
destroyers with degenerated eyes and
stenotic ears declaiming:
                                  here, here, here.

Anna Rabinowitz  

Anna Rabinowitz’s most recent volume of poetry is Present Tense. She is currently working on a monodrama based on her previous book, The Wanton Sublime. Rabinowitz’s Darkling is available in a German edition from Luxbooks and as a CD from Albany Records in its incarnation as a multimedia opera. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Fore-Word Magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year for Darkling. Rabinowitz received her MFA from Columbia University and is editor emerita of American Letters & Commentary and a vice president of the Poetry Society of America.

Copyright © 2013 Anna Rabinowitz
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Anna Rabinowitz. "A Plague Upon." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41.3 (2013): 58-59. Project MUSE. Web. 9 Dec. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Rabinowitz, A.(2013). A Plague Upon. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41(3), 58-59. The Feminist Press. Retrieved December 9, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Anna Rabinowitz. "A Plague Upon." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41, no. 3 (2013): 58-59. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed December 9, 2013).
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T1 - A Plague Upon
A1 - Anna Rabinowitz
JF - WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly
VL - 41
IS - 3
SP - 58
EP - 59
PY - 2013
PB - The Feminist Press
SN - 1934-1520
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/wsq/v041/41.3-4.rabinowitz.html
N1 - Volume 41, Numbers 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2013
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