4.16.2009

What to Do When a Poet Dies


1. Reprint an obscure poem,
something pastoral, with shades
of the scythe.

2. Make yourself an expert.
Nobody knew her work like you; why,
you even met her once.

3. Invoke dear sainted Sylvia
as though your life depends on it.
As though that explains everything.

4. Don't call your sister,
don't call the man you love.
Don't say, please: stay alive with me.
It is simply not done.

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