Saturday, June 1, 2019

Brian Beatty On John Ashbery


Borrowed Trouble: Micro Tribute to John Ashbery (1927-2017)

I wouldn’t write at all if it weren’t for myriad writers before me whose works showed me what was possible. The poems of this series are small offerings of respect, of thanks, to those muses. – Brian Beatty

John Ashbery

I remember shoebox-sized
bricks of government cheese.
That’s just one of many ways
I’m old-fashioned poor.

I also play the banjo out
beside the road suited up in my
old man’s old scout uniform.

Passing traffic slows to a stop.
I nod at the approaching strangers.

Each hands me a silver dollar.

– Brian Beatty


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1 comment:

  1. I always respond to Ashbury's poems. Even when I have no idea what he was up to when writing them. Which is most of the time.

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