William Blake plate 26 from Jerusalem

First Judgment

I am the text.
God, the modernist
New Critic, demands
I speak in this moment
for myself, and denies
one syllable of influence
from my times
or my Author.

-- Carl Bettis

Image info: William Blake, plate 26 from Jerusalem. From Open Culture http://www.openculture.com/2018/09/enter-an-archive-of-william-blakes-fantastical-illuminated-books.html.