I believe I want adult sanity,
which seems to me

the only unalloyed form
of heroism available today.

Or to be, in a word, unborable;
to experience

a crowded, hot, slow,
consumer-hell type situation

as not only meaningful,
but sacred,

on fire with the same force
that made the stars.

Source: A letter to Don DeLillo, The Pale King and a Kenyon College commencement address.

JOSEPH TATE‘s poems and multimedia work are forthcoming or appear in Euphony, Kudzu Review, The Rotary Dial, Bad Robot Poetry, E┬Ěratio, Yemassee and other publications. He edited the Music and Art of Radiohead and has published and lectured on Shakespeare and prosody.

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