Dear Best American Poetry blog:
Last night I went to the KGB bar to hear Vijay Seshadri and David Lehman read their poems. While there, I picked up this t-shirt from Matthew Yeager, the series’ co-director.
This morning, after showering, I put on the t-shirt and amazing things started to happen. I immediately sat at my desk and started to write! Out they came, effortlessly and, I must say, brilliantly: sonnets, pantoums, odes, a sestina. Not wanting to waste time, I immediately submitted this new work, unlike anything anyone anywhere has ever written, to the New Yorker, Poetry, the Atlantic, and right away the phone started ringing!!!
After a few hours, though words were still thrumming in my brain, I pushed away from my desk and, while heading to the kitchen for coffee, caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Not only does the t-shirt fit perfectly, it flatters, thanks to the design genius who thought of those vertical lines! Or maybe it isn’t an illusion and since wearing this shirt I really have in fact dropped a few el bees. Do I have the body of a cheerleader or what??!!? Thanks KGB!!!
I understand from those in the know that these t-shirts are available for a limited time only and only to those who go to the KGB bar next Monday for the final reading of the season. Don’t miss out!! This too can be yours.
ps. It was a great reading!!!