Maximism

What I propose is not
Marxism, which
is not dead yet in
the English department,
Not maximalism, which was
a still-born alternative
to minimalism,
Nor Maxism, which rests on
adulation of Max
Beerbohm, parodist
nonpareil,
But maximism, the love
of adages,
Or Maximism, the advocacy of
maximum gastronomic
pleasure on the model
of a meal at Maxim's
in Paris in, say, 1950.
Is that clear?

by David Lehman

Comments (5)

Adages! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Perfect play of words at your hand. How easily you lay all that is in your heart. Good one.
A very Toulouse Lautrec image there.
pleasure on the model of a meal at Maxim's in Paris in, say,1950. Is that clear? playing with words and meanings. tony
a philosophical writing.............//