Per Contra Spring 2009 Light Verse Supplement
Cal Coolidge in Amherst,
Being shown her desk,
Her inkwell and her pen,--“Wrote,
Did she? I dictate.”
Interview with Robert Graves
“In your eighties, how
Do you still write those love poems?”
In Kephart’s Camping and Woodcraft (1916)
This Hunter’s Haiku:
A good tobacco
Pouch: the scrotum of buck
Tanned, with the hair on.
is a proverb
that hasn't caught on yet,
like this one.
A Poe Taster
Didn’t you know that Edgar Allan Poe
Sought grief-counselling, took Lexapro?
--By endless mourning then no longer smitten,
Could leave all lachrymose laments to diverse
Obsequies by Thomas Holley Chivers,
But we’ve not seen the poems he must have written:
Like Nathaniel Parker Willis’, say?
No, no, much wittier, his vers de societé;
Surely his jeux d’esprit surely deserve a tranche
Of the renown of Christopher Pearcse Cranch,
Were he but free of personal disaster
He might well be our minor light verse master--
Poe’s döppelganger!—and his abiding dream,
Thwarted, for aye, by that one relentless theme.
“A Poe Taster” was published first in Per Contra
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