"The man with the red hat
And the polar bear, is he here too?
The window giving on shade,
Is that here too?
And all the little helps,
My initials in the sky,
The hay of an arctic summer night?
Drops dead in sight of the window.
Lovely tribes have just moved to the north.
In the flickering evening the martins grow denser.
Rivers of wings surround us and vast tribulation."
John Ashbery, "Glazunoviana"
Ode from Amuse
Jack Benny called his birthplace
When was it anyway?
Two years before the Crash
In the same state
to Deerfield follow the ..........dots
'Can I park my derriere in the Harvard Yard
He could ask while a little later Masterfully hailing Columbia.
He would join Dustin Hoffman
and Anne Bancroft
He would enjoin Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch for blanked look beers
The Big Apple Schule
wormed its Broadway.
The Nifty Fifties
He helped the bookworm in his Pub
and Boris Pasternak
beckoned while Surrealistic Pillow
Gave Cognac Dissidents.
Under Some Trees
taking The Tennis court Oath
washed in the Rivers and Mountains
during The Double Dream of Spring
Three Poems indelible
in a Vermont Notebook
fun-house vision Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
It's Howitzer he got the Pulitzer
(And the National Book Award
-- Cracker Jack Box
And the National Book Critics Circle Award --giving Critics a good name.)
'The Play's the
but unlike Big MacBeth
, this other one had The
ride a Shadow Train Wave
That ebb tide coughed up a Lenore Marshall Prize
sailing on a Flow Chart
And the Stars Were Shining
In Hotel Lautréamont
the Girls on the Run
Can You Hear, Bird?
the Chinese Whispers
: Your Name Here
Give creditor for the editor of The Best American Poetry 1988
There are his Reported Sightings
-- critters of critique. With
a clobber ration
, poets who Know It, Stocking
the librarian with A Nest of Ninnies
, that is, Harvard Lectures
's collection giving
Other trinkets of true-dough Kudos:
Grand Prix de Biennales Internationales
English Speaking Union Prize
, 'Is Paris Burning?
(Not found at the Olive Garden
Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, High Lily Hi, Lily
Double the Bubble with grants from Merril Foundation.
Share some of that MLA Common Wealth Award in Literature,
'Some like it Hot
' but he likes the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize a lot,
But no mustard on the Frank O'Hara
Take two and call me in the mourning in stitches
Shelly Memorial Award.
Fellowshipping with The Academy of American Poets
, Guggenhiem Foundation
and MacArthurs too
He Chancelled, couldn't cancel, The Academy of American Poets
He's sometimes a stud, son, in Hudson.
He's still on Bard time
Charley P. (as in poet?) Stevenson, Junior professor makes him a artistic
The New American Poetry ed. Donald M. Allen, NY: Grove Press, 1960.
The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, 2nd ed. eds. Stuart Friebert, David Young, NY: Longman, 1989.