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Gerard Malanga

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Gerard Malanga

Gerard Malanga is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Tomboy & Other Tales (Bottle of Smoke Press, 2015), Three Broadside Poems (Bottle of Smoke Press, 2013), and No Respect: New & Selected Poems 1964-2000 (Black Sparrow Press, 2001). A photographer and filmmaker as well as a poet, Malanga worked extensively in film and photography, having worked with Andy Warhol in the 1960s. Malanga is particularly known for his black-and-white portraits of fellow poets, writers, and artists. He lives in New York City.

by this poet

Days of nothingness
Days of clear skies the temperature descending
Days of no telephone calls or all the wrong ones
Days of	complete boredom and nothing 
        is happening
Days of	1967 coming to a close in the frigid condition of chest 
        cold and cough
Days of	afternoons in the life of a

      What's his likeness amongst the north/south divide, amongst the
shifting winter light at high noon?
What's his call in the ghost of his likeness?  When is the full moon
full?  When will the warmth of his paw be a blessing,
his eyes friendly, his look the look of a god?