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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Nothing Nouveau

Now every photo’s long since framed
Every song is sung
All love poems with lust inflamed
Every canvas hung
Now all great architects are dead
But some find subjects new
Half a calf! Bejeweled head!
A talent known to few

Arrange some debris in a heap
Hail it far and wide
Modern art’s a butchered sheep
In formaldehyde
Celebrity’s the newest grail
Talent incidental
Tone-deaf children whine and wail
Their hubris monumental

Now every great work has been famed
Every note is played
So cows and songs are gladly maimed
Entrails then displayed

© Noel Loftus

Damien Hirst is a national disgrace

Noel Loftus is a fellow member of ward9writers from Mayo in the west of Ireland. In his forties, he is married, with two children, and currently works as a buyer for a safety supplies company. 


  1. Damien Hirst’s ‘raking it in’ while being simultaneously cynical about everything is postmodernism par excellence. What else is there to believe in when you believe in nothing else? And so the theory’s bankruptcy at our time in history is revealed, and Hirst can teach spin painting to the superrich at Davos with a clean artistic conscience:


    Interesting subject matter, and an amusingly appropriate choice of metre capable of raising a wry (postmodern?) smile. Thanks!

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    2. Thank you for taking the time to reply. I recently paid to see a framed piece of floorboard in the Dublin Museum Of Modern Art and initially felt a bit of a philistine until my 11 year old daughter pointed out that it was, yeah, actually, a bit of a floorboard. It's quite insulting when you think about it. Jack B Yeats has hidden horses which will always prompt a comment. A bulls balls in a bottle is just that, no matter what type of drug is applied to the balls, or indeed to the brain daft enough to bottle it in the first instance. NL

  2. Bravo Noel!

    Your words express my sentiments...

    Anna :o]

    1. Many thanks Anna and get writing, there's some seriously good stuff out there but I have to say I like yours. NL

  3. Nicely summed up in a clever poem. Talent seems to be incidental to so many areas of life these days and God save us from the cult of 'Celebrity'.

  4. HiLittle Nell Thank you for the comment NL