Friday, January 31, 2020

Brian Beatty On Allen Ginsberg & Walt Whitman

Borrowed Trouble: 
Micro Tribute to Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) & Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

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

Allen Ginsberg & Walt Whitman

I imagine you this sweet old couple rolling 
a shopping cart through America's supermarkets 
arguing out of matching beards about William Blake,
current politics and the lack of local produce. 

Sunday nights I half-expect to find you 
holding each other down the organic aisle
as if on your fluorescent honeymoon,

divorced dads, college frat boys 
and military discharges stopping to stare — 

confused, no doubt, as the store’s overhead Muzak.

– Brian Beatty


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1 comment:

  1. The work of these two verbose poets couldn't be more different than my own from a distance, but the energy and individuality of their work has always inspired me.

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