In the end, just a synonym

In the end, just a synonym

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

In the end, just a synonym




aloof poets

fancy schmancy magazines

with brilliant reviews

almost in English that is understandable


oh those metaphors packed into one line

enough for three poems at once

digestible if there are days before

reading the next indention of

excruciating effort


aloof poets

acrobats performing

high wire acts

way above the heads

of the simple patrons

who pay extravagant prices

to secure these New Yorker privileges 

of membership


oh, and the Such and Such review

sits on a shining shelf

of comfort

My work consorts with the other geniuses 

who write up to our standards


put me in your anthology

and I will triple its worth

after all I am one of the

aloof poets

and I dream,

I dream


of only myself

and the critical acclaim


when they publish me


as The Collected Works

of the Aloof Poet

who gave his life to his craft

and sold his pen to the devil

to frame his fame 

on the pages

of his indifferent life.





© 2022 jacob erin-cilberto

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I’m just an average writer trying to hook a reader to review before it fades into obscurity and I do like this write not sure what it really means but it has a Tabasco flavour.

Posted 4 Months Ago

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jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

ah yes, please pass those Buffalo Wings.
thank you, andrew
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Wooooo. I sense some serious indignation in this poem, Jacob. Not being a subscriber to any literary magazines, I can't really comment on what they contain. Though I do suspect they are full of hoity toity types gloating over each other's published poems that read overly intellectual and are not palatable for the average poetry reader. It's interesting that many aspire to be published by such magazines, yet loathe the content that they contain. I think i'll just save my euros for something that gives me more pleasure. A biting piece here, Jacob. ⚘

Posted 4 Months Ago

jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

Yes, and many editors like to think they are hoity toity and play with the esteem of poets just for .. read more

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Added on January 6, 2022
Last Updated on January 6, 2022


jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL

Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at a community college and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. I am here to read for inspiration from other po.. more..


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