Wednesday, April 25, 2012

e.e.cummings / If You Like My Poems Let Them



Think big
Times Square, New York, 2012
Photo by Triunfo Arciniegas


IF YOU LIKE MY POEMS LET THEM…
by e.e. cummings

if you like my poems let them
walk in the evening,
a little behind you
then people will say
“Along this road i saw a princess pass
on her way to meet her lover (it was
toward nightfall) with tall and ignorant servants.”


Poems Left with Elaine Orr, 1918-19, The Unpublished Poems (1983).


 


Friday, April 20, 2012

Leonard Cohen / Thousands

Leonard Cohen by Shayc


THOUSANDS
by Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen / Miles

Out of the thousands
who are known,
or who want to be known
as poets,
maybe one or two
are genuine
and the rest are fakes,
hanging around the sacred
precincts
trying to look like the real thing.
Needless to say
I am one of the fakes,
and this is my story

Book of Longing, 2006.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Leonard Cohen / The Reason I Write

Red Shoes
Fifth Avenue, NY, 2012
Photo by Triunfo Arciniegas
THE REASON I WRITE
by Leonard Cohen

The reason I write
is to make something
as beautiful as you are
When I’m with you
I want to be the kind of hero
I wanted to be
when I was seven years old
a perfect man
who kills

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Charles Bukowski / A Note Upon Modern Poetry


A NOTE UPON MODERN POETRY
by Charles Bukowski

poetry has come a long way, though very slowly;
you aren’t as old as I am
and I can remember reading
magazines where at the end of a poem
it said:
Paris, 1928.
that seemed to make a
difference, and so, those who could afford to
(and some who couldn’t)
went to
PARIS
and wrote.
I am also old enough so that I remember when poems
made many references to the Greek and Roman
gods.
if you didn’t know your gods you weren’t a very good
writer.
also, if you couldn’t slip in a line of
Spanish, French or
Italian,
you certainly weren’t a very good
writer.
5 or 6 decades ago,
maybe 7,
some poets started using
“i” for “I”
or
“&” for “and.”
many still use a small
“i” and many more continue to use the
“&”
feeling that this is
poetically quite effective and
up-to-date.
also, the oldest notion still in vogue is
that if you can’t understand a poem then
it almost certainly is a
good one.
poetry is still moving slowly forward, I guess,
and when your average garage mechanics
start bringing books of poetry to read
on their lunch breaks
then we’ll know for sure we’re moving in
the right
direction.
&
of this
i
am sure.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Charles Bukowski / Tonight

Beautiful Woman / Tompkins Square / New York  2012 / Photo by Triunfo Arciniegas

TONIGHT
by Charles Bukowski

“your poems about the girls will still be around
50 years from now when the girls are gone,”
my editor phones me.
dear editor:
the girls appear to be gone
already.
I know what you mean
but give me one truly alive woman
tonight
walking across the floor toward me
and you can have all the poems
the good ones
the bad ones
or any that I might write
after this one.
I know what you mean.
do you know what I mean?