Today I've picked a poem from a book published more than 30 years ago. The book is entitled, The Ardis Anthology of New American Poetry. Although the poems can no longer be considered new, they still feel fresh. This one I found so delightful, I wanted to share it with you as a holiday gift:
Shoplifting PoetryWhat an idea! Youthfully exuberant criminality, yet completely victimless! Great fun!
by Martin Steingesser
We're in the bookstore stealing poems,
lifting the best lines--
You cop one from Williams,
I stick my hand into Pound.
No one's looking...
I throw you a line from The Cantos--
It disappears in your ear like spaghetti.
We stuff ourselves with Crane,
cummings, Lowell, Voznesensky--
Neruda, Rilke, Yeats!
The goods dissolve in our brain.
Now we move from the shelves with caution.
The cashier's watching. Can she tell?
Fat! We've overeaten.
You giggle. End-rhymes leak at your lips like bubbles.
I clap a hand on your mouth.
You are holding my ears
as we fall out the door.
©1977, Martin Steingesser, all rights reserved
Many thanks to Martin Steingesser for permission to post his poem.
Visit Mary Lee at A Year of Reading for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.
Have a great Christmas if you celebrate it, and have a great weekend if you don't!
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