Poem for Other Poems
A poem for "She Leaves to Sleep," by Rachel Hinton: parallel
structure (times, Leaving early, Thick-crusted … pizzas, Errands, Coffee).
Then the Marianne Moore arrangement – not coming back to a premise! A poem
for Roberto Bolaño's "Labyrinth," where wrong information is planted; even the wrong
plant information (just look at the photograph). And who says what clothing is of "good quality"
or who is "the most handsome." This is a poem for "Happy Fainting," by Katia
Kapovich, "armed with a red marker" doing "magazine stuff"; after all,
"Write wherever [you] can find a flat surface," said
John Cheever. For Margaret Fuller,
who in 1840 wrote that Chicago was "a giant valve."
This poem is for profound "Bermudas,"
by Marvell; it's for Michael Dennis Browne's
"Peter" – "Not knows why. But does./ Not knows why. But is"; and for
Julio Cortázar, in Cronopios and Famas: "[T]he famas are good [at heart] and the
esperanzas are blockheads."