Potentially Interesting & Secretly Devastating
is never to give away your secrets though people will guess and say you write like the following poets e.e. cummings Wallace Stevens Richard Brautigan Ted Berrigan Frank O'Hara though you'd prefer to be compared to the Old Possum and to me you sound a bit like Robert Creeley who once was embarrassed by me at a party he died a few years later. It's easier to talk to you on the phone after Nebraska which sounds wonderful when you say it even with loathing and "formally innovative" and "hybrid forms" and the human being you are looking for in my poem because what are we but our words in the end and what are poems but perceptions and who do YOU want to fuck and how much do you want it and what are you willing to do to get what you want and how can you be satisfied with what you have. Utterly sufficient to be apart and how you will never say love before October and I don't mind or even know what I mean when I say it whether what defines it is intensity or duration of feeling or preordained by fate which pushes us together and draws us apart the one human voice speaking in all of our poems what it felt like to be alive and being in love is most alive whether it's with the world or you or poetry. In every aspect no one resembles anyone and can you become a poet just by trying or do you have to go to an impressive school and how poems are dangerous when there are real people in them and nothing is really new but only to you and you are the most powerful pronoun
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