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February 2013


by John Foy

I have an asset on my books that I
must carry and maintain despite the cost:
this body that I live in like a house,
a stand-alone for which I hold the deed.
Despite the cash invested, I have seen
nothing but diminishing returns.
The value goes in one direction, down,
and divest I cannot do. I’d like to find
a venture capitalist who’d look at me
with a klieg light of profit in his eyes,
or her eyes, but everyone’s aware
that monies put here aren’t recoverable.
My marketing budget swells with every year,
as what I have to advertise becomes
harder to find a market for. Demand
is correlated perfectly with time,
inversely so, as you might have guessed,
and the graph of the relationship is clear
in its predictability. At least
predictability is good, as those
whose job it ...

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John Foy's first book of poems is Techne's Clearinghouse (Zoo Press).

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 February 2013, on page 27

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