Poem (IX)

 

For whom do we write?

 

We write for bookstores,

Libraries, journals,

And street vendors who resemble

The painters from the eighties.

 

Also, we write for the big databases,

Online book retailers,

Blogs, portals, statistics,

Not to forget social networks.

 

We write for everybody and nobody,

To increase our visibility,

And redeem ourselves in the eyes

Of the so-called public.

 

We would write for readers as well

If they were not too busy

Writing on their own.

Poem (VI)

 

Money makes money

Careers are being built

And professes are collecting tenure credit

Just like the bees honey

 

Type in ‘I love you’ then send

Just like you insert the coin

Into the grand vending machine which knows to offer

“The Greatest Love Poems of All Time”

And where to find

Cheap luxurious bouquets downtown.

Poem (II)

 

If we had lived in some earlier times

We would have been party members

Or those

Who are not anymore.

 

We would have been delegated to Siberia

Or Kwan-li-so

Had we not been

Under the secret police control.

 

And even if we had been anybodies, anywhere

Caught in the maelstrom of the cultural revolution,

It would have made more sense than the best moment

In this devious, wasteful time of ours.

 

(The poem was written in the city Loznica in 2014 during the internet correspondence with Vladimir Orelj)