[lit-ideas] Re: Poetry x 2 = Sabbatical

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 17:35:22 -0400

A poet's biography of course is not everything.

This Time

       Once I fell in the ocean when
       I didn’t know I fell in the ocean

       Then Momma got me out
       This isn’t true

       only something I remember
       Once in the park I broke in half

       and lost one half
       which half I don’t remember

       Once I was in a room
       It grew larger and larger

       why I don’t remember
       One time I turned blue all over

       then got clear as glass
       This really happened

       but not to me
       Once I couldn’t see

       for a while
       so I listened laying down

       Another time I looked out the window
       and saw myself at the window

       across the street
       This time it was me

-Michael Palmer. This Time. 1984.

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