A Short letter to myself and others, on the subject of Literary Reference

There is something which writers are guilty,

When educated in literature.

It is a vanity they cannot help,

Poets, Hacks, Wretches, all suffer alike.


They are all trying to hide other works –

Inside our own, love letters in letters

Easter eggs of literature waiting

To be found by readers with a sly wink.


I’m not exempt from this age-old hubris,

I do this too, nudging myself along,

with waves and nods, I’m sure will all be loved.


But remember dear writers, when we think

This is such a wonderful thing to do

There is no annotated Catch-22.

Published by Ben Berman Ghan

Hi! My name is Ben Berman Ghan. I’m Jewish Settler, writer, editor, and academic based in Tkaronto/Toronto, site of Treaty 13 and Williams Treaty territory, currently working on my MA at Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program. I am the author of many short stories, a few essays, and the fix-up novel What We See in the Smoke (Crowsnest Books 2019)

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