Ishmael Reed Poems

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I Am A Cowboy In The Boat Of Ra

'The devil must be forced to reveal any such physical evil
(potions, charms, fetishes, etc.) still outside the body
and these must be burned.' (Rituale Romanum, published
1947, endorsed by the coat-of-arms and introductory

Beware: Do Not Read This Poem

tonite, thriller was
about an old woman, so vain she
surrounded herself with

American Airlines Sutra

put yr cup on my tray
the stewardess said 40,000
feet up. (well i've
never done it that way. what

The Author Reflects on His 35th Birthday

35? I have been looking forward
To you for many years now
So much so that
I feel you and I are old



Some say that Chattanooga is the
Old name for Lookout Mountain
To others it is an uncouth name

Dialog Outside the Lakeside Grocery

The grocery had provided him with
boxes of rotten lettuce
He was loading them onto a
yellow pick-up truck

Oakland Blues

Well it's six o'clock in Oakland
and the sun is full of wine
I say, it's six o'clock in Oakland
and the sun is red with wine

Points of View

The pioneers and the indians
disagree about a lot of things
for example, the pioneer says that
when you meet a bear in the woods

The Pope Replies to the Ayatollah Khomeini

My Dear Khomeini:

I read your fourteen thousand dollar
ad asking me why the Vatican waited

Sather Tower Mystery

Seems there was this Professor
a member of what should be called
The Good German Department