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Ed Baker

my Noigandres the three of them
jus' dropped off the bed-stand
through that vortex and landed, I swear,

with a muted 'thud' on O'Hara's (poem) LIKE:

It's not so much,
abstractions are available:
the lofty period of the mind
ending a sentence while the pain endures:
departures, absences.

And you are still on the dock,
the smoke hasn't cleared from the last blast
but the ship is already in The Narrows.

At noon I sit in Jim's Place waiting for George
who is mopping the stage up,
while two girls cry in the last row.

I think they got laid last night.
But who didn't? it was a spring night.
Probably George did, too.

And now the ship has gone
beyond come, sheets, windows, streets, telephones, and noises:
to where I cannot go,
not even a long distance swimmer like myself.

(typing out the poems (of others)
like I used to do on my Underwood 5
in the 60's
sure "opens" up to what the
poem-poet was-did....

what this has to do with anything here & there
you posit, I guess
is felled through


Thanks, Ed. This is a pretty spectacular poem. What are you going to do with it?


Or, put otherwise, can you see virtues in Frank now?

Ed Baker

it s the for lunch
will call it a Lunch Poem

and eat it !

then move right along and start
(like O'Hara did)
dropping names like: My Cousin is

speaking of artists in Manhattan:
met and visited Milton Resnick a cpl of times....

even went over to his studio a converted synagogue
also another City person a distant cousin of mine my Uncle Al

Silver's father's brother's son Harvey Silver (a.k.a. Jack Micheline)
I also met at a Baker-Silver Family gathering around 1953 here in D.C,

as I recall they were moved to D.C. from NYC but didn't 'cotton to'
D.C. { so I ask Uncle Al: "who's THAT?"

"that's your crazy cousin, Harvey. a writer from New York"
does that qualify me for one of the Potential O'Hara, et al Insiders?
lot's of name dropping in the F.O. poems..... gets a bit "old"

what's with the new email address ? and an ipad ?

you know where I can get a ribbon & spool for my Underwood ?

any suggestions ?

maybe as soon as someone publishes ARS POETIC HER
I'll add this to my currant work-in-progress:

Poems of an Urban Hermit

meanwhile am liking a cpl of O'Hara's pieces....

Why I am Not a Painter
Chinamen jump
is it dirty
The Day Lady Died (get it? Lady Day..
and I got a true story about Billie Holiday and her (Baltimore) family... )
To The Harbourmaster

Ed Baker

I can see virtue in just about everything
& this frosty mug of home brew

just might lead me down the road of self-promotion

especially after that opening
line of my



Ed, jump to the end of the book and read the Personism Manifesto; that'll give you an insight into his personal references that will hopefully make you laugh, and realize that he was playing with them at least if not more than a little ...


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