Wednesday 3 July 2019

Ode to Barry MacSweeney (DRAFT/UNFINISHED)

Professional investment may be 

likened to those newspaper competitions 

in which the competitors have to pick out the 

six prettiest faces from a hundred photographs,

the prize being awarded 

to the competitor whose choice most nearly 

corresponds to the average preferences of the 

competitors as a whole so that each competitor 

has to pick, not those faces 

which he himself considers prettiest, 

but those which he thinks 

likeliest to catch the fancy of the other

competitors all of whom 

are looking at the problem from 

the same point of view

it is not a case of choosing 

those which, to the best of one's judgment,

are really the prettiest, nor even those 

which average opinion genuinely

thinks the prettiest we have reached

the third degree where 

we devote our intelligences

to anticipating what average

opinion expects the average 

opinion to be the ritual of the scapegoating