Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Name: 
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

Categories

« Ace Boggess Reviews “Playlist” | Main | Mobilier National weaves together traditional techniques and new technologies [by Tracy Danison] »

December 26, 2019

Comments

Poem after Robert Herrick

If you want to write a goodbye poem to your 60s stalker,/
Who has a convertible and likes to pose with automatic guns,/
On big-time poetry sites, where women’s butts are featured,/
In living color, from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,/
Don’t just say, “You smell like a new car, and I hate that smell,/
Because it makes me think of the 60s, and all the creepy Maoists/
I dated.” Say, rather, “You smell like you really need a big-hung/
Boyfriend, one you can have sex with while you both wear only/
.357 Magnum holsters, strapped across your chests, like Secret Agents/
In movies from the 1960s, even 70s.” That will likely make Mr. Cad/
So mad, he’ll start reciting Robert Herrick to you at great velocity,/
Shouting as he half gets out of the car, while trying to climb back/
In, begging you, “Oh, please, display thy breasts, my love, to me,/
In this ’67 Chevy, and there let me behold that circummortal/
Purity; between whose glories, there my lips I’ll lay, ravished/
In that fair Via Lactea, for my sex is like a really big gun.” Just as/
You put your cool flare heel in his face, and he tumbles out, into/
The nighthawk glow of a White Castle, in the rosy, pubescent dawn.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Best American Poetry Web ad3
Cover
click image to order your copy
Cover
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly

Radio

I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark


from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

ThisWayOut
Click image to order

 


A creative communications, branding, and resources consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan

 

Reach a Wide International Audience


Advertise on the Best American Poetry Blog