Two poems


The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Disillusioned

Some days try as I might I find nothing to write

no poems or anecdotes, advice, wisdom or witticisms

all dried up for now, probably for the best

Defiant

It’s not poetry because he says it’s poetry

don’t be so fucking stupid

all he’s done

is put line breaks in

some prose

Imagism

Inspired by James Laughlin’s Pentastichs

and Felix Feneon’s Novels in Three Lines

he decided everything

can be boiled down

to 30 words or less

Disinterested

“How nice” they say

flipping through my book of poems

before picking up

their iPhones again.

“That’s great” they add.

Prolific

Ten years of college notes, 20 years of journal entries,

novels, short stories, essays, letters, thousands of poems

and now I don’t know what to do with it all

We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Thespians

Trying out for the romantic lead

opposite my girl losing