Click image to order
Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries


« Out of Reach [by Lera Auerbach] | Main | "Perhaps a Sentence": The Rationale for Creative Writing [by Irwin Shaw] »

May 20, 2021


The more he praises the less he believes,
and this isn't so unusual, is it, if politics
is an extension of show business toward
other ends? But my father-in-law skillfully
steered the conversation to the kitchen
hoping that I had one in the oven.

Propellers, propellants: his learned gasses
Fail to combust, ignite, the lads & lasses.
Cartoon balloons encircle all his thoughts--
He's lost me; I've retreated to the aughts.
A decade where he starred, or that's the story--
Now he's a walking memento mori.

Who the hell is he anyway?
No one seems to know his name
I miss Ginsberg and his acid tests
But is there anything left to protest?
America two dollars and twenty seven cents
This guy wants change from a 20.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

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

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.


Post a comment

Your Information

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

click image to order your copy
That Ship Has Sailed
Click image to order
BAP ad
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


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


  • StatCounter