I picked up a book off the shelf this morning one hundred haiku
it was like sitting down a word starved man, tired of searching for an always denied sustenance, and here laid out before me, a repast of the sweetest grapes, bits of sugar caressing a tongue grown used to the often bitterness of ill-considered prose.
As midday approached I knew that this was a meal to which I’d return.
One deep and abiding beauty of dreams is that it is entirely logical for Marina Tsvetaeva to be engaged In an animated discussion with Corso and Ginsberg where none will acknowledge that the world they wrote and imagined is a total mess.
Over in the corner, Mandelstam and Reznikoff have agreed that for eternity every game of chess they play will result in a stalemate, if only to drive Brodsky to distraction, that and having Osip say he prefers Reznikoff’s free verse translations to Brodsky’s ponderous rhymes.
I am looking forward to a cup of espresso with Sylvia Plath, but she says here she only drinks single malt Scotch until it’s at least 5 P.M.
What are words of wisdom from the mouth of the ancient ones. I tell you these are such words. You may accept or reject them as you will. Better still, tear this page from its binding crumple it and cast it to the four winds. Let it be carried off in ten directions.
I would love to know the precise moment when the consensus of critics reached the tipping point, that lettuce was no longer a green, but some lesser vegetable.
That would be around the time that Arugula and romaine declared themselves something other than lettuce, leaving iceberg and Bibb as produce outcasts while spinach, kale and chard openly
declared their superiority over all of the others, shunning mustard, if only for its name and seediness. It is surprisingly like that with poetry, literary free verse a critical darling now
even if intelligible only to those skilled at self-aggrandizing, easily sold delusion, and more run of the mill poetry, that whose meaning is clear without resort to layered metaphors left to rot on the shelf.