Ben Nardolilli – Dissertation, Defenestration, and Defense

Dissertation, Defenestration, and Defense

Engaging in dialogues with my walls,
occasionally shouting at the shadows,
who is the Socrates here, who is the Plato?

There is humor, there is cleverness,
there is a mind in the room that seems
to be the most pre-eminent one in creation

Does it dare go outside, and spoil
the conversation between the echoes here?
the dialogue made a monologue in retrospect?

An agreeable picture of life and reality
is at stake, if another view gets involved,
better to recite, than incite any new theories



Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, The Northampton Review, Local Train Magazine, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at and is trying to publish his novels.

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