• Ian Dudley

The Writers' Cafe


I contributed an 8 word poem to the Truth and Lies edition of The Writers' Cafe poetry magazine.

I had in mind the Zen dictum:

Words do not make man understand;

you must make man understand them.

That's why the poem doesn't contain any grand or liberal sentiments: it's trying to be a poetic Koan, a meaningless, paradoxical formula, which teases and perplexes the reader in the hope of triggering an instant of enlightenment.