Streisand

is singing now
thanksgiving 1985
on my record player
I keep playing one track
over & over—A
Star Is Born

I'm going to get
up from this
here
poem!
and

go put it on
now!

      Here it is
   it's pretty
love soft as an easy chair—
oh fuck her voice is
beautiful

like a rose...
under the april snow

she was certain love would grow

I never really liked her
until a week ago
and I'm 43

Streisand
I'm going to put the
needle back at the start

now
I used to do that with Charles Ives'
         "Unanswered Questions"

played it over and over writing
many dozens of poems to it

I'm a
lucky man this
thanksgiving

Thank you lord for allowing me to keep on writing
         thank you
             Lord

 


This poem originally appeared in Clock Radio #5, Fall 1986. 

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Steve Richmond

Steve Richmond, a poet from Southern California, died on October 21, 2009. He became well known for a series of "gagaku" poems and for his association with poet Charles Bukowski in the 1960s. Wikipedia Page.

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