The strident hackers miss no chance to dramatize, hurt, fairly or unfairly, for they fear their emptiness

The strident hackers miss no chance to dramatize, hurt, fairly or unfairly, for they fear their emptiness

From A. R. Ammons “Garbage”

the hackers, having none

hack away at intensity: they want to move,

disturb, shock: they show the idleness of

pretended feeling: feeling moves by moving

into considerations of moving away: real

feeling assigns its weight gently to others,

helps them meet, deal with the harsh, brutal,

the ineluctable, eases the burdens of unclouded

facts: the strident hackers miss no chance to

dramatize, hurt, fairly or unfairly, for they

fear their emptiness: the gentlest, the most

refined language, so little engaged it is hardly

engaging, deserves to tell the deepest wishes,

roundabout fears: loud boys, the

declaimers, the deaf listen to them: to the whisperers,

even the silent, their moody abundance: the

poem that goes dumb holds tears: the line,

the fire line, where passion and control waver

for the field, that is a line so diffcult to

keep in the right degree, one side not raiding the other:

(G, 120—121)

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