DEAR TED BERRIGAN
I used to be a snob towards you
when i went to d.c.
i said something not nice about you
to a poet who idolized you
i think i said i got everything
i need like that
from apollinaire long ago
that was a very catty thing to say
and later i realized
apollinaire was nice as unicorns go
but he was never unseemly
and you were
you insisted that poetry can be a career
which is probably the most unseemly thing
i can think of
also very brave
i mean poetry walking down the street
not poetry teaching poetry
i mean poetry barebacking
and of course only drugs can fund this
drugs and fellow addicts
only the street can keep poetry unseemly
and it must be
but what heartless beast does not do drugs?
would you let such a creature in your bed?
if you were twenty-five?
i'm sorry i was mean
i like your unicorn
Your unicorn is amazing