That day in 1932 when Hart Crane went overboard
Off the steamship he cried ‘Goodbye, everybody!’
With a stark economy of expression unlike The Bridge
And his other poems’ intricately wrought phrasings.
Whoever is unmoved by such poignant juxtaposition
In extremis of plain style and poetic eloquence
Never studied at Columbia University -- as did I
With David Lehman, Paul Spike, Leslie Gottesman,
David Shapiro, Hilton Obenzinger, Paul Auster,
Aaron Fogel, Bruce Kawin, David Anderson,
Alan Senauke, Arnold Eggers, Laurence Wieder,
Michael Steinlauf and others of that same ilk --
Nor should we forget the poet’s promise in1916,
Albeit unfulfilled, to attend Columbia University.