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You can’t make a new man but you can kill old ones

Walter Benjamin in Moscow 1927 noted posters

exhorting the masses with the slogan “Time Is Money”

attributed to Lenin the only god the lazy Russians

masses pretended to listen to but did not

no matter how big Majakovski made the letters

 

New Man apexed in “Metropolis”

then the execution of prototypes was on.

 

Lenin like Chernishevski asked “what is to be done?”

 

Tramways sleds steel factories babies breast milk pioneers

Lenin and the The New Man capitalized themselves even in this poem

thanks to their monster babies spchk and auto-correct

 

Benjamin went to Moscow at the right time or just in time

to escape being an executed prototype or frozen in the tundra.

 

His timing served him by not being in New York either in 2020

a lucky man he wrote his thoughts and executed himself

he was the New Man after all not leninist not sci-fi a free man

Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He is the winner of the Peabody Award for his film Road Scholar and the Ovid Prize for poetry.

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