B I C Y C L E S, C A N O E S, D R U M S

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Lulu.com, 2008 - Poetry - 192 pages
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I take seriously what Ezra Pound said, "make poetry new." I do not want to write like anyone else, if that's possible. I want to create new forms of poetry. Sure, I have been influenced by many writers who write differently than I do, whether it is in style, theme, or topics, but I respect all forms and styles of poetry. I am experimenting all the time. Each time I write, it is as if it is my first time, like I have not done it before. The poem, and the way it is put together, becomes the object I am writing about as well as the subject. The way the poem is written is part of its meaning. All of it, I feel, comes from a deep and original, and yet common, place. I write to try to understand myself and the world and to question the things we just assume to be true, but mostly I write to remember the brightness of being alive.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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BECAUSE
15
WHAT I WANT
19
GOOD WORK
22
THOUGHTS AT A COLLEGE DIVISION MEETING
23
HOW NOT TO LISTEN
24
BOOKS
25
ILL TAKE THE COYOTES
26
ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE COMPLAINING
99
DEER
104
ZEN HERE
105
Senryu Haiku from Scrap Paper Found Poems
106
ONE NIGHT
111
THE ZEN WOMAN
112
SAMS QUESTIONS
113
PROSE AND POETRY
114

ANYTHING WITH HORSES
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WORKING
31
MYTHOLOGY
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A DREAM
33
I NEED TO LOOK AT THE MOON
34
JAZZ SONG
35
A MOVIE
36
FAMOUS POETS
37
HOW IT IS
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SAM THE GYPSY
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THOREAU THINKING
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WHAT THOREAU WAS WORRIED ABOUT
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THE LOBSTER MEN
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WE SAY THESE THINGS
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PENELOPE
45
IT IS GOOD TO BE A NUMBER
46
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT BASEBALL
47
WHEN
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IF ONLY
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ambitious poets
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FOR A TIME
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WANTED
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THIS IS A POEM
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A LETTER
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THE CIRCUS
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A HISTORY OF TRANSPORTATION
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WHAT I THINK ABOUT SOMETIMES
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THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO
60
TEACHER MY SON IS NOT A ROBOT
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SAM LISTENS
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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
63
THE IMPORTANCE OF SWEAT
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WHISPER
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CANOES
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SHE IS
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MERIT PAY
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ONE GREAT POEM
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FORTYFIVE
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PORT WASHINGTON TOWN BOY
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SILENCE
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A POEM
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LITTLE POEM
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GOING TO THE OPERA
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MAY 14 2000
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BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
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IF YOU WANT A GIRLFRIEND OR BOYFRIEND TAKE AN ACTING WORKSHOP
79
NO POEM HERE 2
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PLACES
81
A PLAY
82
I Cannot Compete with Nature
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TOO FOGGY TO BE DEAD
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MAY 31 1992
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SOMETHING IMPORTANT
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POEM HERE
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FREE SPIRITS
88
I MEAN IT
90
AUGUST 18 2007
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POETRY CONTEST
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MORE ON POETRY CONTESTS
94
PLAY
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OCTOBER
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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BEATS
98
POEM
115
RAINY RAIN DAY
116
THE DAY AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER
117
DECEMBER 3 2002
118
A Beautiful Hoax
119
SUNDAY MORNING
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TUESDAY JANUARY 10 2006
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SUICIDE
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DRIFTING
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WIDE IN PARIS
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POETRY IS JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT TO ME NOW
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AS OF SEPTEMBER 19 2007
128
A BRIGHT HOUSE FILLED WITH MUSIC
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WHAT CRICKETS SAY
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OCTOBER 16 2007 TUESDAY
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UNTAMED LISA
135
WALKING
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CREATIVE WRITING IS ECSTATIC SADNESS
138
Cats Are Like Thoreau
139
GRADES
140
THANKSGIVING
141
CHICAGO
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NO POEM HERE
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Found Poem From Seventeen Rules of Poetical Pilgrimage 12
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PAPER
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GRADING
150
TEACHING
151
1953
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WHEN I WAS TWENTYONE
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OPPOSITE SKY
154
AN OFFICE
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A DREAM
156
HOW TO WRITE A COLLEGE PAPER
157
JACK KEROUAC WANDERING
158
JUST FOR THE RECORD
159
THE SIGNS Jazz Song 4
160
METAPHORS
161
TALL BLONDE
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THIS KID
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THIS IS THE LIFE
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STORIES PLAYS POEMS
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WILD LOVE SONG
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I PICTURE HER
168
THE DESERT
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JUNE 26 1999 SAM SAYS
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SOME ANSWERS
172
CANADA
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HAT
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WRITING
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Letter Explaining Why I Want To Spend Some Time at an Artists Retreat on an Island in Maine
176
FOR A TIME
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SUMMER
178
RUGGED
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MARCH WINDS
181
RAIN
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HE DREAMS OF SPAIN
183
BIRD SANCTUARY
184
UNCLE JOE
185
BRING STRANGE GIFTS TO AUTHORITY
187
WRITERS BLOCK
188
THE FACT OF BICYCLES
189
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