Thursday, December 30, 2010

Huuklyeand Cinquor on Poetry for Dummies

As I sd to my
friend, because I am
always talking, -- John, I

sd, which was not his
name, the darkness sur-
rounds us, what

can we do against
it, or else, shall we &
why not, buy a goddamn big car,

drive, he sd, for
christ's sake, look
out where yr going.

—Robert Creeley, “I Know a Man”

As we were

All well behind the times,
Unable to distinguish
Well-wrought poetry
From pedestrian rhyme,

Our forward-looking instructor
Gave us a crash course
On how to maneuver
Between the lines—

Would you believe it?
In no time at all,
We were so well-versed,
We drove him up a wall.

Moderator’s comments: I don’t know about Cinquor’s mentor, but mine was so forward-looking he walked to his poetry classes.


  1. Cinquor should read Andrei Codrescu's The Poetry Lesson. Might make him feel there's hope ... for something....

  2. Rest assured, I shall relay your reading recommendation to Cinquor--he's always on the lookout for anything that will make him feel his poetry lessons have all been worth it.


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