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 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,
He becomes quarrelsome on bad wine
and cheap mood-stabilizers,
is apt to harm anyone,
throws things around,
He has planted a dire crop in barren ground
He is a crippled helmsman.
POEM ("What matters..")
what "matter" is,
what this scarred flesh
What this body,
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