The History of Western Poetry
Meter, of course, is classicist;
Rhyme is Catholic-medieval;
Blank verse is lapsed and Anglicist;
Vers libre is French (and evil).
Poem on the Lam
The thing took off about three weeks ago,
soon spotted (though the cops don’t give a damn!)
picking fights at the Cheyenne Rodeo,
then stoned in Vegas, Rio, and Amsterdam.
So what’s it really really want? Who knows?
In truth, it seemed quite typical of its times,
quite ordinary, another one of those
“Who am I really?” sonnets with silly rhymes.
But now it’s “turned itself in” at the Palms Hotel,
flush with uppers, flashing a switchblade knife,
screaming, “Send me back to my 14-walled cell;
I need a little order in my life!”
It seems that even this reluctant poem
at last decided there’s no place like home.