• 08/22/08

    Today in 1862
    Claude Debussy was born.
    I remember where I was and what I was doing... more »

  • A Little History

    Some people find out they are Jews.
    They can't believe it.
    Thy had always hated Jews.
    As children they had roamed in gangs on winter nights in the old... more »

  • A Quick One Before I Go

    There comes a time in every man's life
    when he thinks: I have never had a single
    original thought in my life
    including this one & therefore I shall... more »

  • April 19

    We have too much exhibitionism
    and not enough voyeurism
    in poetry we have plenty of bass
    and not enough treble, more amber... more »

  • April 21

    I'm a very average person,
    and I think most people are.
    I vote with the common man.
    I have two kids, a boy and a girl.... more »

  • April 24

    Did you know that Evian spelled backwards is naive?
    I myself was unaware of this fact until last Tuesday night
    when John Ashbery, Marc Cohen, and Eugene Richie
    gave a poetry reading and I introduced them... more »

  • April 26

    When my father
    Said mein Fehler
    I thought it meant
    "I'm a failure"... more »

  • August 15

    My new Web site is dropdead.com
    It's interactive you get to choose how
    you'll die, where, and at what age
    and it'll still come as a complete... more »

  • Big Hair

    Ithaca, October 1993: Jorie went on a lingerie
    tear, wanting to look like a moll
    in a Chandler novel. Dinner, consisting of three parts gin
    and one part lime juice cordial, was a prelude to her hair.... more »

  • December 14

    This bed thy center is, these walls, thy sphere,
    The tarnished, gaudy, wonderful old work
    Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow,
    That never touch with inarticulate pang... more »

  • December 25

    Christmas defeated Chanukah
    once again last night
    by a margin of three billion dollars
    or so, but every time I hear... more »

  • December 7

    As I sit at my desk wishing
    I did not have to edit a book
    on poetry and painting a
    subject that fascinates me... more »

  • Eleventh Hour

    The bloom was off the economic recovery.
    "I just want to know one thing," she said.
    What was that one thing? He'll never know,
    Because at just that moment he heard the sound... more »

  • Examples (August 27)

    The last Campbell's tomato soup can
    of the twentieth century is going to
    the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh
    That is an example of a sentence... more »

  • February 23

    Light rain is falling in Central Park
    but not on Upper Fifth Avenue or Central Park West
    where sun and sky are yellow and blue
    Winds are gusting on Washington Square... more »

  • Fifth Amendment

    The fear of perjuring herself turned into a tacit
    Admission of her guilt. Yet she had the skill
    And the luck to elude her implacable pursuers.
    God was everywhere like a faceless guard in a gallery.... more »

  • For I Will Consider Your Dog Molly

    For it was the first day of Rosh Ha'shanah, New Year's Day, day of remembrance, of ancient sacrifices and averted calamities.
    For I started the day by eating an apple dipped in honey, as ritual required.... more »

  • January 1

    Some people confuse inspiration with lightning
    not me I know it comes from the lungs and air
    you breathe it in you breathe it out it circulates
    it's the breath of my being the wind across the face... more »

  • January 2

    The old war is over the new one has begun
    between drivers and pedestrians on a Friday
    in New York light is the variable and structure
    the content according to Rodrigo Moynihan's... more »

  • January 24

    I was about to be mugged by a man
    with a chain so angry he growled
    at the Lincoln Center subway station
    when out of nowhere appeared a tall... more »

  • January 3

    The shrink says, "Everything depends
    on how many stuffed animals you had
    as a boy," and my mother tells me my
    father was left-handed and so is my son... more »

  • January 31

    Nothing extends a phone
    call more effectively than
    saying you're on your way out
    but she wants to tell you... more »

  • January 31 (The Sky Is Crumbling...)

    The sky is crumbling into millions of paper dots
    the wind blows in my face
    so I duck into my favorite barber shop
    and listen to Vivaldi and look in the mirror... more »

  • July 10

    The sky was a midnight blue
    velvet cloth draping
    a birdcage and no moon
    but the breeze was whistling... more »

  • July 12

    Wisteria, hysteria is as obvious a rhyme
    as Viagra and Niagara there must be a reason
    honeymooners traditionally went to the Falls
    which were, said the divine Oscar,... more »