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Manuscript - 1982

darlings of the word

2 poets from San Francisco (one
quite famous) are down here
and she's gone out to hear
them.

I'm glad
at the moment
that
I don't have to
read
anymore.

I never typed this
stuff
to get up and
read it to
the mob.

I used to read for the
$$$
it got the rent and the
drink
but when I hear of the
famous and the well-fed
still doing it
I marvel with
askance
at their
act.

it has always seemed
curious to me
that
the poets were
(are) such
extroverts

they love to
get up and
warble.

I once asked a
poet about this
itch
and he told me:
"it's an old art-
form. poets thoughout
the centuries past
used to walk up and
down the streets
singing their works,
their madrigals. poetry
belongs to the people."

"I don't know about that,"
I said, "but I guess even
writing for the printed
page is a form of
vanity."

"poetry belongs to the
people," he
repeated.

"all right," I said,
"forget it.".....

if I had wanted to be
an actor
I would have gone
to Hollywood.

the first act is
in the typing

and all that follows
is
propoganda:

the
teachings
the
teachers
the
readings never

will match what
began it...

2 poets from San
Francisco are
down here
now

so
far
down
here

now.
    
The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps - 2001

darlings of the word

2 poets from San Francisco (one
quite famous) are down here in L.A.
and she's gone out to hear them
read.

I'm glad
at the moment
that
I don't have to
read in public
anymore.

I never typed this
stuff
to get up and
read it to
the mob.

I used to read for the
$$$
it helped pay the rent
but when I hear of the
famous and the well-off
still doing it
I marvel
at their
choice.

it has always seemed
curious to me
that
poets
are such
extroverts.
they love to
get up there and
warble.

I once asked a
poet about this
itch
and he told me:
"it's as old as language
itself: poets throughout
the ages
used to walk up and
down the streets
singing their rhymes,
their songs. poetry
belongs to the people."

"I don't know about that,"
I said, "but I guess even
writing for the printed
page is a form of
vanity."

"poetry belongs to the
people!" he
repeated.

"all right," I said, "let's
forget it."

if I had wanted to be
an actor
I would have gone
to Hollywood.

the only necessary
poetic act
is the writing
of the poem

and all that follows
is
propaganda.

the
teachers
the
lectures
the
readings never

can equal or
replace
what begins
it all.

2 poets from San
Francisco are
down here
now

so
far
down
here

now.