THE MIDAS PLAGUE
The Midas Plague, comments, through its poems,
on social and political conditions that are troubling to its author. He hopes
the reader will be both emotionally and intellectually drawn into and held by
the form as well as substance of the poetry. The poet would view the book
as successful if it provokes the reader into thinking about our country's
economic disparity, ubiquitous disinformation, and the collateral effects
of the war in Iraq in a unconventional way.
From the book:
THE MIDAS PLAGUE
As if the sun went rabid, flaming to brilliant,
blinding gold everything it rayed, but the contagion
was spread, the epidemiologists later said-
before they too were solidified-from his fingers,
locked into extending, a result of serial
acquisitiveness (an occupational hazard)
by the Chairman of the Hoard of Goldman, Morgan,
& Pizzaro. Forensic clinicians hypothesized
that he touched a conference table which as he
watched, appeared to transmute to solid gold.
The assay proved he possessed or was possessed
by a virus of 24 carat alchemy, since this was not
fool's gold, at least metallurgically. Although
excited, he resisted ecstasy, applying objective
analysis, embedded by the Wizards of Wharton,
and concluded this was just his manifest destiny.
He uncharacteristically, temporarily forgot his
new source of profit generation when his wife
and their twins stopped in for a visit. And he hugged
them hard. But not as hard as they immediately
became. Without a troy ounce of despondency,
he promptly sold all three, carrying his fingerprints,
like Midas Marys, on the London Gold Exchange.
He was thrilled by his astronomically high ROI,
and besides, all that dazzle hurt his eyes.
Martians sent their voyagers; their spaceships returned,
laden like Spanish galleons. Homo and Marto sapiens
-all hard and dead and cold, and all solid gold.
Doug Arnold's poetry has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, The Sulphur River Literary Review, Psychopoetica (University of Hull-UK), Mad Poets Review, and The Pedestal Magazine. His first chapbook, Playing in Most of the Keys, was published by Finishing Line Press. His essay, “Reading Kay Ryan's Poetry,” appeared in the Schuylkill Valley Journal, and another of his nonfiction pieces,
“The Mathematical Theory of Advertising,” published in the national journal of Business Professional Advertisers, is used in a postgraduate seminar at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He is also the host of a poetry reading program Poets' Pause on BCTV, a regional public access TV cable system covering Berks County, PA.
Doug was formerly president of an advertising agency he founded and has written columns for the Philadelphia Business Journal and The Reading Eagle. He has also taught at Albright College in Reading, PA, as well as Reading Area Community College. He lives with his wife in suburban Reading, and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
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