Pleasure Dome
Al Filreis

[written in response to a contest calling for "beer-related" poems]

A micro-beer named "Pleasure Dome,"
"solidly alive," labels say.

Getting guys to drink it,
we have a problem akin to modern poetry,

public indifference
in the face of major products.

"It does seem a little like,"
said M.L. Rosenthal in 1950,

"selling democracy to the Germans.
The resistance goes deep."*

Hard times in Xanadu.

                        * ML Rosenthal, The Nation,
                        February 16, 1950, p. 20,
                        a review of Lloyd Frankenberg's
                        Pleasure Dome, a book about
                        how to read modern poetry meant
                        for the general reading public.
                        Rosenthal was also reviewing
                        Muriel Rukeyser's Elegies. The
                        latter book was almost wholly
                        ignored at the time.