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Love Songs (I)

Recorded for Poem-a-Day February 16, 2019.
About this Poem 

“Long Songs (I)” was published in in the July 1915 issue of Others.

Love Songs (I)

Spawn of fantasies
Sitting the appraisable
Pig Cupid            his rosy snout
Rooting erotic garbage
“Once upon a time”
Pulls a weed        white star-topped
Among wild oats sown in mucous membrane
I would             an eye in a Bengal light
Eternity in a sky-rocket
Constellations in an ocean
Whose rivers run no fresher
Than a trickle of saliva


There are suspect places


I must live in my lantern
Trimming subliminal flicker
Virginal             to the bellows
Of experience
                               Colored glass.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 16, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 16, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.