“Art for Art’s Sake”

Michael Peach

As knew the ethically-minded Prophets,
"Art for art’s sake" inevitably leads
To the satanic view that, like God Himself,
We’re beyond good and evil, and that (to quote Conrad)
"The aim of creation…is purely spectacular; …
Those visions…are a moral end in themselves".

And, like the conscientious "word of God",
The daemonic image duly becomes flesh.

16 May 1996

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