Introduction

I have been writing and stashing poems since university days. There is no particular logic to when I get the urge to write and even more unpredictable is when I find the wherewithal to finish something I have started. Perhaps I’ve kept too much of this but here is the collection. The basic test of “keep or toss” has been whether there is a readable typed version.

The poems are mostly from my twenties. Saying I was a hippy would be overstating it by a mile—given that I was in law school! I did have long hair and occasionally inhaled something that made me feel good. The poems make me seem lost and sensitive. That didn’t last but it’s nice to remember.

1966-1972

Bitter but still (1966)

Filing the moments t'ween cradle and tomb
With grandiloquent potents and inspiring tomes
... (1966)

I discovered my destiny in a cartoon (1966)

I discovered my destiny in a cartoon
while waiting in a living room of books
... (1966)

Through the Eyes of the Beholder (1966)

To perceive is potent power.

Clipping wolly dreams from shaggy unreal sheep
glimpsed only through the morning mist of hope,
wielding reckless razor shears of prejudice.
... (1966)

For Peter (1967)

A little boy who plays in the garden and cries in the night,
Night's fearful images and a child cries. The Sound over backyard fences lingers.
... (1967)

To Peter (1967)

From bottom drawers the faceless common men (1968)

From bottom drawers the faceless common men
Take out a suit, and dress their children
in pairs and threes, an army.
... (1968)

Lying on a silver spider web in space (1968)

Lying on a silver spider web in space
the rain drops make music on the strings of my bed;
... (1968)

Twenty One (1968)

We boys pass dumbly here at a Responsible Gate
On the bleak road of logic and age
... (1968)

November (1969)

Part way down the twisted path
I stopped
... (1969)

I rushed to the door tonight (1969)

I rushed to the door tonight
to meet a lonely man in flight
asking for Jimmy
... (1969)

What eye is big enough to see (1969)

What eye is big enough to see
the passing of the age
... (1969)

The world is stern in deeming (1969)

The world is stern in deeming
man a hero, its nobility;
... (1969)

Land’s End (1970)

Here the haughty cliffs resist entreating waves,
Inviolably separate, save all concessions to powerful persistence
... (1969)

Rushing aimlessly in stores (1970)

Rushing aimlessly in stores
Fondling cashmere
... (1970)

Sitting on a table (1970)

Sitting on a table
In the empty cafeteria
... (1970)

Would you run naked with me to the moon (1970)

Would you run naked with me to the moon
across the rippling muscles of the dunes
... (1970)

Across the forest I can see (1971)

Across the forest I can see
the handsome whore in naked robes
... (1971)

A little boy of considerable discretion (1971)

A little boy of considerable discretion
admired a counsellor with his hard shoulders
... (1971)

climb the narrow stairs (1971)

climb the narrow stairs
pause and push inside
... (1971)

Even taking bows the actors act (1971)

Even taking bows the actors act
Coriolanus curtle with contempt
... (1971)

Here we are alone again (1971)

Here we are alone again
at the World Congress For Deeper Personal Relations
... (1971)

The paper says Sergei Kourdakov (1971)

The paper says Sergei Kourdakov
was raised in an orphanage in Brest-Litovsk
... (1971)

The crème July (1971)

Like children in that moment of terror
realizing they are lost
... (1971)

The crème May (1971)

Weighted postures overbearing; thin-lipped madmen swearing;
stylish droops and twitching; highborn children bitching;
... (1971)

We decorate our lives meticulously (1971)

We decorate our lives meticulously
with golden balls and angel hair
... (1971)

Why haven’t I written to you (1972)

Why haven't I written to you?
I'm afraid of repeating myself
... (1972)

Reach out, reach out and touch me soft (1972)

Reach out, reach out and touch me soft
And say our secret words
... (1972)

This two week old spring (1972)

This two-week old spring
is still freezing, teasing;
... (1972)

tighten hammerlock (1972)

halfbacks make good lawyers, artfully brutal,
impressive looking, obey the coach, oblige the fans,
... (1972)

1973-1974

The Young Lawyer (1973)

Straddling a chair held tight between his knees
And pushing a pen intensely cross the pages
... (1973)

Kawnipi (1974)

I see you wild man,
I see you great Kawnipi,
... (1974)

Long Beach (1975)

How long will it be
 to get used to the sea
... (1975)

Is this the time (1975)

Is this the time
Is this the place
... (1975)

Salvage (1975)

Stones and shells, stripped logs,
sand
... (1975)

Three pages back Toling drew his boat (1975)

Three pages back Toling drew his boat
as in a plan seen from above
... (1975)

Wellspring drying (1976)

Stones and shells, stripped logs,
sand
... (1976)

Approaching Rain (1976)

It is raining again, mildly
The few people in view retreat slowly from the beach,
... (1976)

Death in Washington (1976)

Passing by these elegant homes
I see at the curb
... (1976)

Nag’s Head (1976)

Why do I enjoy these episodic bouts of pantheistic serentiy;
Is life so simple or is it me?
... (1976)

The Best Minds (1976)

I have seen the best minds of my generation burned bleached
 and electrified
... (1976)

Don’t grow old, Don’t grow old (1977)

Don't grow old, Don't grow old,
The bag lady of Sarasota told me,
... (1977)

1977-2015

The Gong Poem(1978)

In the harbour tugboats come and go
talking of the Gang of Four,
... (1978)

I’m going to the station Mama (1978)

I'm going to the station, mama,
won't hear no blues from me
... (1978)

Professional Women (1979)

Dr. Ruth stepped lightly on the street
And then the step
... (1979)

Libraries (1980)

In ticking temples scholars chose
From ticking temples to defuse
... (1980)

Who is Buried in Tut’s Tomb (1980)

Tut arrives in New York formally dead,
But weary from the loss of time
... (1980)

Cambridge 197x(1987)

Prufrock  in the corner of the chapel,
          in the shadow of an arch,
... (1987)

It is perfectly clear (2009)

It is perfectly clear
I should do what I fear.
... (2009)

What’s remaining (2015)

What's remaining
Still the straining
... (2015)