Poems

Ted Witham: ‘Amateur Theatrics’

Amateur Theatrics 1 Exit the King Playing the King in Eugène Ionesco’s Le Roi se meurt Occupying the space where self was king, other players fragments of that same self, relentless in filling the stage with life— then death, lingering in death, Taking all with me. Erasing all life, (existentialist as nihilist). Living and dying as king for a season, night after night for the play’s iterations. Ionesco’s the words, mine the soul that swelled to royal illusion. Masked as king, I drew all into my self and died. The collusion drained me. Ted Witham   Amateur Theatrics 2 Playing…

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