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The Guys

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One friend fell out of love with his wife

One is inconsolable his wife left him

One is inconsolable his mistress left him

One can’t make up his mind between

two great-looking women

both of whom want to marry him

One can’t get to first base with

this foxy girl in her twenties

who just moved to New York

One has launched an affair

with a married woman

One has moved back in with his wife

One has given up drinking and tonight

he will give up smoking

One is commitment-phobic in the approved

manner but can’t take his eyes off the skin

between her blouse and her pants and he

doesn’t even know her and wants to fuck her

the cad

One would rather scroll than click

              

  

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To Kim

The only thing worse

than emergency root canal treatment

is being with you

which is like the toothache that

preceded it so I

feel OK as I walk behind

Kim Novak of the glamorous

ass (or her body double)

my jaw feels like somebody

socked it that somebody must be

feeling even better than I do

but complain I won’t

some people say everything

is political some say

everything is sexual but I

say to hell with that I’ll

trade both theories for one

of Jane Freilicher’s yellow

landscapes or the evening blue

cityscapes of Yvonne Jacquette

  

              

  

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The Left Bank

-from the archives-

Don’t walk away, Renee,

I’m just getting warmed up

your body is like a river

and I’m going to swim across

I want to explore the left

bank of you then the right

you’re the only woman in

this room with a sunflower

in her hair and you take

forever in the bathroom

making me wait finally you

emerge with a bottle of beer

in one hand an ashtray in

the other and say, “Okay, when

do we start?” you’re looking

good tonight Renee with about

twenty-five bracelets on your

left wrist bandages on both legs

an ankle bracelet how I long

to see you wearing nothing but

that ankle bracelet all my poems

are about you tonight Renee

  

              

  

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To Psyche

-from the archives-

The longer I stare the lovelier

you look in my eyes (so made such

mirrors and spies) and I’m not done

yet as I enumerate the virtues

of your smile, gracious in defeat,

victorious in love, your breasts

and belly and below, the zone I’d

like to zone in on, your ankles

unshod, your brassiere and panties

strewn on the floor, you are

my Psyche (Greek for memory or soul)

and I will visit your sleep tonight

you won’t see me but I’ll be there

beside you for hours and when

you wake in my arms I will kiss

your eyes shut and then kiss you more

  

              

  

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The Lift

-from the archives-

The wonderful thing

about being with

you in this hotel

lift in London full

of people is that none

of them knows what you

and I are about to do

in bed or possibly

on the floor in fact not

even you realize yet

how much you’re going

to enjoy this act for

which we have no name

not clinical or hideous, just

a double digit number, perfect

as a skater’s figure eight

  

              

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