Four Short Poems Loosely Related to Ideas Developed by René Girard

Discipline and Begging for Attention
Needing others to need him, the dandy
feigns indifference, his modus operandi.

Beauty Will Indict the World
There is a great and terrible beauty
preserved from the antebellum
South, in records kept for business
so elegantly written on vellum.

Jealousy and the Politics of Dancing
How much he envied her well shod skill
at les chassés et croisés of the quadrille!

Perfect Match for Not-So-Perfect Catch
The kind of girl I like is the epitome
of the kind of girl who’d be rid of me.


  1. Broderick Barker says

    I like only girls who won’t like me
    For how else can a man stay free?

  2. Broderick Barker says

    The altar is a judge’s bench
    The sentence always “life with wench.”

    • Quin Finnegan says

      At least you’ve seen the lace and taffeta!
      But I’m happy to play Bertie Wooster—
      by far the world’s sorriest rooster—
      poked and prodded by his Aunt Agatha.

  3. Broderick Barker says

    The leisure of the feather-pen
    That stains the page with inky black
    Is borne upon the inky back
    Of other – oh so other – men

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