“—science per se—”
my God, when I hear them on the radio saying that,
it slays me.
Is there a science that’s not per se?
I don’t get out much, rarely get to see any lakes,
gardens only sporadically and then behind fences,
or in allotments, that’s about the size of it,
I rely on ersatz:
radio, newspaper, magazines—
so how can people say such things to me?

more from Gottfried Benn’s “Radio” at Poetry Magazine here.