Poetry at the Post: Talking Money with Howard Nemerov


an introductory lecture

This morning we shall spend a few minutes
Upon the study of symbolism, which is basic
To the nature of money. I show you this nickel.

Portrait of Luca Pacioli, the Father of Accountancy
Portrait of Luca Pacioli, the Father of Accountancy

As I follow along with NAPOWRIMO-or 30 poems in 30 days for National Poetry Month, here is today’s prompt:
So today, I challenge you to write about money!

The Art of Accountancy by Alice-Catherine Jennings
“Oh don’t bother me!” said the Duchess. I never could abide numbers.
—From Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

At his oaken desk, Luca Pacioli sips
a Tuscan wine, rich and red.
The sounds of a sonata linger
in the background. Its lively finale

in binary form strikes a cell—
a climacteric moment. Ah, yes
Pacioli sighs as his quill quivers

a slight second before he records:

assets = liabilities + equity.

Man should not sleep at night until his debits match his credits

So—keeping in mind the above saying, I’m dedicating myself to the business side of poetry a la Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value. Making room for money…..need a job. Any ideas?

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