The avant-garde let down its guard
saying it was far too hard
to come up with each new fad,
to seem edgy, artsy, mad!
To always lead the way — it’s tiring,
and such a bore to act inspiring
when all is truly the same old,
dressed up, messed up, being bold.
Gladiators of the coliseum,
now perform in the museum;
pantomiming blood and art,
the avant-garde plays its part.
Stephen Brooke ©2013
complete doggerel, dashed off in a couple minutes --- but a semi-serious critique of contemporary academic art pretending to be cutting edge