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Goodtime Jesus

James Tate

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Goodtime jesus
Added by: Su-Lauren
your poem leaves a good feeling inside me. Thanks.
Added by: Stone Tiger
Glib. Bangs together two frames of reference with no spark. Catchy title, but that's about it. A trick poem that doesn't come off.
teh skinny
Added by: Mark Molloy
What is with you? This poem is genius! Down with tyranny! Yes, the last sentence is obvious, though that itself could not have been predicted. Tate is a hero. His poems are flag waving and pro democracy. God damn take a little ride on my donkey.
Just a regular Chirst
Added by: Scooba the Dooba
Mark, why is Goodtime Jesus pro-democracy or an example of flag waving...
"Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness!" now that's flag waving!

Maybe it's a lesson in history, or about the inability of individuals(who are very human) to forsee the consequences of their actions, or more importantly, the consequences of their ideas.
I'm still laughing
Added by: Mary Katherine
then I laughed again
I had to go back and look one more time
I print it out for a friend
then I laughed
Added by: Katey
Tate knows the human mind, and this poem shows it. He's daring. He doesn't care what anyone thinks. He's gonna write whatever he wants to write, and that right there is what makes him and this poem genius. He has fun in his poetry...he's a goodtime jesus.
Not to be taken seriously
Added by: Lisa G.
This poem is filled with glee. Tate is obviously getting a kick out of imagining what it would be like to be Jesus for a day (apparently Palm Sunday), knowing full well that he really could never have any idea(Jesus would of course never use the word "hell" in that manner).

The poem perhaps represents the inability of humans to comprehend the divine (Isaiah 55:8: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.) Whatever the intentions of the poem, the reader is almost forced to share in the poet's irreverent delight.
Added by: annette
oh my god. you people who actually sit there and analyze *this* poem are so full of it. its just supposed to make you feel yummy and happy inside.


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