Between Theory and Practice
Edited By Agnieszka Borysowska and Barbara Milewska-Wazbinska
Around the Proteus Poem. Piotr Rypson
Around the Proteus Poem Piotr Rypson The National Museum in Warsaw Some ten years ago, travelling on the London Underground I saw a po- em by Wendy Cope in a showcase entitled Poems on the Underground, one of those invaluable undertakings aimed at making the time spent travel- ling in this fashion a more pleasant and cultural experience. The poem was entitled The Uncertainty of a Poet; I immediately copied it into a note- book – and now quote it in its entirety: I am a poet. I am very fond of bananas. I am bananas. I am very fond of a poet. I am very fond. A fond poet of “I am I am” – Very bananas. Fond of ”Am I bananas? Am I?” – a very poet! Bananas of a poet! Am I fond? Am I very? Poet bananas! I am. I am fond of “very”. I am of very fond bananas. Am I a poet? In a mere eight words and their variations, Ms. Cope solved the dilemma of a creator, torn by doubts as to the value of his work and the serious- ness of poetry as an occupation, but also endowed with an appetite for the very object of lyrical investigations. We are partial to both poets and bananas in all possible culinary forms, while as far as the seriousness of the poem’s form is concerned, we can assure Ms. Cope that she is heir to a respected and ancient tradition... 1. Jan Brożek Bought a Volume...
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