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# Thirteen Ways of Looking at 50+ Years of Poetry, 4

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THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT 50+ YEARS OF POETRY

IV.

A man and a woman

pruning a blackbird

could consider

themselves One. . . . . . . . . . . . And the rose was

A man and a blackbird . . . . . . . telling

strumming ukulele lemmings . . the old old story.

would denigrate

and ask with all . . . . . . . . . . . Such fun it was. . . . . . . . I think I should start

sincerity who is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one too and why not.

talking over there.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Narcissus in a convex . . . Nobody talks about

I'm not kidding, we're . . . . . . mirror would . . . . . . . . . the night we changed

just making a . . . . . . . . . . . . smell as sweet. . . . . . . . the mattress covers,

mess of things. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and never

... more ... . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . oh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . more - hey! So not cool,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . this isn't a raven

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . over here, you know.

more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If you yourself never

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nevermore

Like the pallid bust . . . . . . . . . I prefer myself in . . . . . What was I saying?

thing with filigree . . . . . . . . . portraiture, so,

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . unless my stockings . . . . quoth

Definitely more . . . . . . . . . . . catch a concave eye . . . . quoth . .. nevermore

unpublished

Re. poems of John Ashbery

"The Ice Cream Wars" http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse/130/1#20592638/

"Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror" http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/self-portrait-in-a-convex-mirror/

"three poems in three voices" could not find a satisfactory link

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My sympathies to anyone who attempts to post simultaneous voice type poetry here. The editor really struggles with insertion of multiple spaces or columns. I will let this be a lesson to me from the universe about the perils of parodying the work of John Ashberry...

(Thanks for bearing with this process. Luckily we have a very responsive site administrator, who deleted the spurious entries!)

- Dave

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Ashberry's one of those guys you either love him or hate him. :)) A delve into the surreal.

I take it you're coming back to number three. I couldn't find it, and the series seems to have gone from two to four.

Tony

Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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