Poem of the Week: “My Ambition” by James Laughlin

For Wade Hall

is to become a footnote
in a learned work of the
22nd century   not just a
“cf” or a “see” but a sol-
id note such as Raby gives
Walafrid Straho in Christ-
ian Latin Poetry or Ernst
Robert Curtius (the most
erudite German who ever
lived) devotes to Alber-
tino Mussato in his Euro-
päische Literatur und La-
teinisches Mittelalter   I
hope the scholar of the
22nd will lick his schol-
arly lips when he finds me
in some forgotten source
(perhaps the Obloquies of
Dreadful Edward Dahlberg)
and think here is an odd-
ball I would have liked,
immortalizing me in six
turgid lines of footnote.
October/November 1987

Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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