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How to Write a Political Poem

To write a political poem you must use obfuscation, equivocation, prevarication, circumlocution, dissimulation, insinuation, and speculation. A poem without these seven essential elements of a political poem would not be a political poem but some other form of literary chicanery. A political poem must always hullabaloo the hoipolloi by making things obscure, by using double-meaning language, by deviating from the truth, by using a large number of words to express an irrelevant idea or a fraudulent emotion, by concealing facts, intentions, and opinions under some pretense or false appearance, by introducing deceptively deceiving deceitful thoughts, feelings, emotions, and ideas in a covert stealthy way, and by paraphrasing reality inconclusively with an avalanche of hocus pocus. To write a political poem you must earnestly engage in duplicity complicity. If you do not camouflage your denotations and connotations in a masquerade of mindnumbing mystical mysteriousness, you have not written a political poem but some other nonpolitical verse not even remotely similar to those politically poetical strategems and those poetically political contrivances reminiscently reminiscent of the big con euphemistically parading as the struggle between the struggle for and the struggle against.

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