A Letter to Primo Levi, Two Others, and Myself (from Letters to a Postmodernist)

You are trying to write yourself out
to disappear
because the horror is so great
you just can’t speak
because you would explode
would rail
against your oppressors
those that stripped you
and beat you
and killed you
so, instead, you quietly
try to recede from the horror
by becoming God over the text
and disappear in transcendence
when you threw yourself from the third floor

You are trying to write yourself out
because your ego is so great
you think your opinion so powerful
it could transform the world
or is it just your fear
that it wouldn’t

You are trying to write yourself out
because you feel guilty for an education
for evading
the draft
while others
fight and die
for principles not their own
while your own principles
are only bread and butter

While I
am trying
desperately
to write
myself in
because I have
no time
for philosophy
when my stomach
is empty

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