Marianne Moore





To a Cantankerous Poet Ignoring His Compeers-
Thomas Hardy, Bernard Shaw, Joseph Conrad, Henry James

Pandora's bees,
Shaws heliologies,
   Conrad's log book,
And James's odysseys
   Of intricate outlook-
You must account for these,
Who advertised the ease 
   In which we sit. 

Is Persian cloth
One thread with Persian sloth?
   Is gold dust bran?
Shall we see Ashtaroth
   Be made a Puritan?
Must every gorgeous moth
Be calico, and Thoth
       be thanked for it?