know that this first appeared in ink
before its conversion into ones and zeros
the two lonesome numbers that
rule the planet

it’s easier this way
they all said
children in Lithuania will read it
slave labourers in China
maybe even astronauts
wearing Ray-Bans and driving
fiercely American automobiles
to rocket launches and cocktail bars

but what would have Wallace Stevens said
beckoning his roller of big cigars
his inky fingers calling forth emperors
and judging them on their ice-cream


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