February 2010

Richard Fein


Richard Fein was a finalist in the 2004 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Competition and will soon have a chapbook published by Parallel Press. He has been published in many Web and print journals and is also interested in digital photography.

Ozymandias Lives    

Shelly spoke his name centuries later, and two centuries after Shelly so do I.
The lone and level sands may have long buried the ancient king's stone-
     carved vanity, or the statue might have been hauled away as a trophy for an English
     gentleman's garden,
to be splattered white with pigeon droppings.
Yet his name is still spoken, for I speak it now and you nod yes.
So Shelly also sculpted Ozymandias, not with chisel but with pen.
But statues erode, now, later, or are smashed with hammers.
Yet generations of readers scan Shelly's rhyme, meter, and metaphor,
while sneering Ozymandias cheats that second death called forgotten.



Richard Fein: Poetry
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