What’s the difference between a chocolate grinder and a poem?
The title of the poem cannot compete with cocoa.
Nor the mundane truth of the grinder. White chocolate
is the worst case of plagiarism in the last 100 years.
If you take real chocolate out of its wrapping and eat it,
it’s still chocolate. Typing the word white does not make
it so. Typing your name under the word chocolate does
not make a poem.
In response to Marcel Duchamp's ‘Chocolate Grinder (No. 2)’ 1914.
See the artwork that inspired this poem in the flesh, along with more than 100 of Marcel Duchamp’s world-renowned pieces in ‘The Essential Duchamp’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 April – 11 August 2019.