Here and there in James Merrill's journals there floated dollops of anagram: "Proust/stupor", for example, and "Neruda/unread."

The best I mustered in this genre was "postmodern = modest porn."


English poetry is "NIGHTLY REPOSE"

Spanish poetry is "POINTY PHRASES"

Indian poetry is "PAINTED IRONY"

Sanskrit poetry is "SPOKEN ARTISTRY"

Hebrew poetry is "POWER THEREBY"

Portuguese poetry is "URGE: TYPE OUT PROSE"

Japanese poetry is "PEN REPEATS A JOY"

Irish poetry is "RIPE HISTORY"

Bulgarian poetry is "ARGUABLY PROTEIN"