Ed Ochester

(1939 / Brooklyn, New York City, New York)

Ed Ochester Poems

1. Dreaming About My Father 5/27/2015
2. Fall 5/2/2016
3. What the Frost Casts Up 5/2/2016
4. October 27, 1989 1/20/2003
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October 27, 1989

And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
--Ray Carver

He was in a hotel in Baltimore
in a suburb near Johns Hopkins. He would

give a talk there, and they would pay him for it.
It was night, and he was alone; sirens were racing

up and down the streets. The room was very large.
Most of what he had wished as a boy was to write poems,

to have some power with the word, to be paid
for talking. Don't smile, please. He wanted

to be put in a beautiful room like this.
Bonnie would pick him ...

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