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Simon Pettet


Simon Pettet, as well as the recent author of More Winnowed Fragments, is the author of Selected Poems. Black Sparrow published his Selected Art Writings of James Schuyler in 1999. He is also the author of two books with the photographer Rudy Burckhardt, Talking Pictures and Conversations About Everything. British by birth, he is a long-time resident of the Lower East Side in Manhattan.




He snarls at the multiplicity of the world
He dissembles
He wishes to drink up the sea
He has the combined wealth of
ten men, twenty men, a small island.

The devil is in him, il diabolo,
He is possessed, bewitched, zombified,
be careful,
He becomes quarrelsome on bad wine
and cheap mood-stabilizers,
is apt to harm anyone,
throws things around,
compasses, atlases,
refuses truth.

He has planted a dire crop in barren ground
He is a crippled helmsman.

POEM ("What matters..")

What matters

what "matter" is,

what this scarred flesh

and tissue,

What this body,

all immaterial!






copyright Simon Pettet