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by Kenneth Koch | |

Variations On A Theme By William Carlos Williams

 1
I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do and its wooden beams were so inviting.
2 We laughed at the hollyhocks together and then I sprayed them with lye.
Forgive me.
I simply do not know what I am doing.
3 I gave away the money that you had been saving to live on for the next ten years.
The man who asked for it was shabby and the firm March wind on the porch was so juicy and cold.
4 Last evening we went dancing and I broke your leg.
Forgive me.
I was clumsy and I wanted you here in the wards, where I am the doctor!


by Kenneth Koch | |

To Various Persons Talked To All At Once

 You have helped hold me together.
I'd like you to be still.
Stop talking or doing anything else for a minute.
No.
Please.
For three minutes, maybe five minutes.
Tell me which walk to take over the hill.
Is there a bridge there? Will I want company? Tell me about the old people who built the bridge.
What is "the Japanese economy"? Where did you hide the doctor's bills? How much I admire you! Can you help me to take this off? May I help you to take that off? Are you finished with this item? Who is the car salesman? The canopy we had made for the dog.
I need some endless embracing.
The ocean's not really very far.
Did you come west in this weather? I've been sitting at home with my shoes off.
You're wearing a cross! That bench, look! Under it are some puppies! Could I have just one little shot of Scotch? I suppose I wanted to impress you.
It's snowing.
The Revlon Man has come from across the sea.
This racket is annoying.
We didn't want the baby to come here because of the hawk.
What are you reading? In what style would you like the humidity to explain? I care, but not much.
You can smoke a cigar.
Genuineness isn't a word I'd ever use.
Say, what a short skirt! Do you have a camera? The moon is a shellfish.
I can't talk to most people.
They eat me alive.
Who are you, anyway? I want to look at you all day long, because you are mine.
Might you crave a little visit to the Pizza Hut? Thank you for telling me your sign.
I'm filled with joy by this sun! The turtle is advancing but the lobster stays behind.
Silence has won the game! Well, just damn you and the thermometer! I don't want to ask the doctor.
I didn't know what you meant when you said that to me.
It's getting cold, but I am feeling awfully lazy.
If you want to we can go over there Where there's a little more light.


by Allen Ginsberg | |

Homework

 Homage Kenneth Koch


If I were doing my Laundry I'd wash my dirty Iran
I'd throw in my United States, and pour on the Ivory Soap,
 scrub up Africa, put all the birds and elephants back in
 the jungle,
I'd wash the Amazon river and clean the oily Carib & Gulf of Mexico,
Rub that smog off the North Pole, wipe up all the pipelines in Alaska,
Rub a dub dub for Rocky Flats and Los Alamos, Flush that sparkly
 Cesium out of Love Canal
Rinse down the Acid Rain over the Parthenon & Sphinx, Drain the Sludge
 out of the Mediterranean basin & make it azure again,
Put some blueing back into the sky over the Rhine, bleach the little
 Clouds so snow return white as snow,
Cleanse the Hudson Thames & Neckar, Drain the Suds out of Lake Erie
Then I'd throw big Asia in one giant Load & wash out the blood &
 Agent Orange,
Dump the whole mess of Russia and China in the wringer, squeeze out
 the tattletail Gray of U.
S.
Central American police state, & put the planet in the drier & let it sit 20 minutes or an Aeon till it came out clean


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