Thursday, October 13, 2005

An Infinite Number of Monkeys
Ronald Koertge *
After all the Shakespeare, the book
of poems they type is the saddest
in history.

But before they can finish it,
they have to wait for that Someone
who is always

looking to look away. Only then
can they strike the million
keys that spell

humiliation and grief, which are
the great subjects of Monkey
Literature

and not, as some people still
believe, the banana
and the tire.

I think this poem is hilarious. It reminds me of a Simpson's episode when Homer goes into the back of a Chinese restuarrant and find monkeys at typewriters, writing out fortunes for cookies. From I get from I, it is mocking the forms of writing sense even before Shakespeare, even after a great man put down meaningful words, true pain and humiliation, people were still unable to express true human emotion in the written word, though it is ironic that Koertge is trying to express this in his own written word. There is also some real truth that rings in it though. The fact that the only time one can really write something true and meaningful is when someone is not watching over them.

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