20100913

Michael Gottlieb



FIRST BEST


write
once

read
never




SEVEN AGAINST THEMES


your
very
own
departure
lounge


an
ill-gotten
loss

A
HIGH-
FUNCTIONING

because
there
is
no one
who
can
walk
with
you
down
that
last
road


it is
a love
that
dares not
speak
its
middle
name


the
very
name
makes
markets


making
the
perfect
the
enemy
of
the
good
n
plenty


you
don’t




NO FRENEMIES ON THE LEFT


indicted
perhaps
convicted
never


it’s
upping
sticks
and
lighting
out



a
frosty
mug’s
game


a
come-
wither
look


an
impure
lack
of
thought


a
boy
named
Eugene
Sue


not
just
reckless
it’s
eyewateringly
cock-
eyed


it
is
teary


it’s
an
eschewing


A STYMIE


a self-styled


enough
already





Michael Gottlieb is the author of fourteen books. A native New Yorker, his 9/11 elegy “The Dust” has been described by the poet and critic, Ron Silliman, as “one of the half-dozen most important poems written by anyone associated with Language poetry, a read-this-&-change-your-life experience.” Of his just-published book of prose, Memoir And Essay, Elizabeth Fodaski has written, "What A Movable Feast did for Paris, this book does for New York City."
 
 
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