The Gospel According to Postmodern Man
(for Nietzsche, Foucault and Derrida)
Bring me no vain wisdom,
No caitiff iniquity,
Where is the exact method?
Where is the apposite repentance?
Offer me no more rainbow identities,
No half-baked ideologies,
Show me the real self, if you have one,
Or remain quiet for the rest of your days.
Give me no panting fantasy,
No avaricious dream,
Furnish me the archaeology of facts,
Or be gone.
Vend me no teleological continuities,
No causal paradigms,
Bring me the burning cinders of the nebulas
Or just vamoose.
For I am the eternal recurrence,
The übermensch, the will to power,
The evaluator of all values,
In me the imagination becomes prophetic.
I am the bringer of all good tidings
From Nietzsche to Derrida,
I imagine the destiny of man, and
After me all good things will happen.
Mukesh Williams has been published in Indian, Canadian, Caribbean, and American journals such as Indian Verse, The Journal of Indian Writing in English, Muse India, Centrifugal Eye, The Blue Fog Journal of Poetry, Foliate Oak, Plankton, and Best Poem. His poetry possesses a startling mixture of Japanese minimalism and Foucaldian coups and carries with it an uncanny postmodernist signature. His works have been quoted in reputed journals around the world from The Journal of Commonwealth Literature to The Other Voices International Project. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who and the World Poetry Directory of UNESCO 2008. Williams has published two books of poems, Nakasendo and Other Poems, 2006 and Moving Spaces, Changing Places, 2007, and is now working on a third book, The Figural Moment. His latest co-authored book, Representing India, 2008 has been favorably reviewed in both journals and newspapers. He teaches at Keio University-SFC and Soka University, Japan and can be contacted through his blog site.