Ted Berrigan

(15 November 1934 – 4 July 1983 / Providence, Rhode Island)

Ted Berrigan Poems

1. 10 Things I Do Every Day 4/20/2010
2. 3 Pages 2/9/2012
3. A Certain Slant Of Sunlight 1/20/2003
4. Buddha On The Bounty 4/20/2010
5. Chinese Nightingale 4/20/2010
6. Easter Monday [excerpt] 2/9/2012
7. Frank O'Hara 2/9/2012
8. In The Wheel 4/20/2010
9. It's Important 4/20/2010
10. Last Poem 4/20/2010
11. Little Travelogue 4/20/2010
12. Ophelia 4/20/2010
13. Personal Poem #9 2/9/2012
14. Red Shift 4/20/2010
15. Remembered Poem 4/20/2010
16. Sonnet #13 4/20/2010
17. Sonnet #15 4/20/2010
18. Sunday Morning 2/9/2012
19. Things To Do In New York (City) 2/9/2012
20. Things To Do On Speed 2/9/2012
21. To Southhampton 2/9/2012
22. Today's News 2/9/2012
23. Wrong Train 2/9/2012
Best Poem of Ted Berrigan

A Certain Slant Of Sunlight

In Africa the wine is cheap, and it is
on St. Mark's Place too, beneath a white moon.
I'll go there tomorrow, dark bulk hooded
against what is hurled down at me in my no hat
which is weather: the tall pretty girl in the print dress
under the fur collar of her cloth coat will be standing
by the wire fence where the wild flowers grow not too tall
her eyes will be deep brown and her hair styled 1941 American
will be too; but
I'll be shattered by then
But now I'm not and can also picture white clouds
impossibly high in blue sky over small boy heartbroken
to be ...

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In The Wheel

The pregnant waitress asks
'Would you like
some more coffee?'
Surprised out of the question
I wait seconds 'Yes,
I think I would!' I hand her
my empty cup, &
'thank you!' she says. My pleasure.

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