Paragon Casino


Curious and droll,

The casino is imposing:

Featuring, as aides to the main enterprise,

A hotel, a spa, restaurants, a golf course,

A playground, hook-ups for recreational vehicles—

In short, it is a tribute to the science of marketing,

A tribute to the institution of capitalism,

A stage upon which the drama of contemporary life

Can be witnessed, experienced, studied.


The casino has much to teach:

I’s legal and moral condition,

Its history, its relationship to the Indian tribe,

Its elaborate commentary on federalism,

On politics, on economics, on art—

All serve to flesh out

What is curious and droll.


--August 22, 2013