OK: I’m a Bean
Arising from Bean Newton’s exposure to self-help books after
his third hospitalization for clinical repression, the series of poems
from which these are excerpted show an influence of the pseudo-philosophical,
pseudo-zen approach so popular in that genre from the 1970s forward.
Newton’s poem is both homage and spoof, I suppose, but it penetrates
deeply into the both the self-help idiom and the facile truth it contains.
In the men’s room at the place I work, there are two urinals.
One was built by a genius, and it is beautiful, singular. The other
was built by an idiot, and it is artless and crude. When I pointed this
out to a friend, he exclaimed with some astonishment, “But they
look just the same!”
“Yes,” I said, “they do. But I interpret them differently.”
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