Jesse Weiner


An Offer Of Full Disclosure - Poem by Jesse Weiner

go ahead and ask, I answer all questions, don't answer those
questions, I stand naked instead and offer my list of
adjectives
my favorite color is yellow, best movie is, last book read and here
is a file of my legal papers, you can measure them, but they
are sealed and illegible
I have been to Michigan, read almanacs and spent one summer in the
garment district, smelling of beer sweat each night on the
subway, dirty, drinking from a half pint of Fleischman's and
reading Lenin
I have no opinion on the balance of trade which I wish to share
with you or Japan. I have written on the political economy of
sex, particular aesthetics and a treatise on the structure of
complex symbols. they are not available in libraries.
I readily admit to a conflict of interest, I have some eighteen
children, whereabouts unknown, and deny the status of child
support payments
there is contrary testimony from four women who claim to be ex-
wives, current wives or concurrent wives. some of these allege
I've had lovers
references available on request, go ahead and ask, I no longer
answer
questions from the audience will not be taken, queries from the
jury will not be heard, judges will be hanged. damn the
torpedoes, damn all the questions, I've already told you all
you need to know
I have dabbled in history, read economics, practiced several arts,
white and black and have earned eleven boy scout merit badges.
I have studied linguistics and derived statistics
whatever else it is you need to know, go ahead and ask, I no longer
answer those questions. I try as hard as I can to make people
happy and no longer care who is happy
my favorite comedian is, my drug of choice is, music is, my
favorite state penal law is, I am not now nor have I ever
been, deny membership in, admit predilection to, stand guilty
whenever accused of
I don't answer, do answer, go on and ask, your questions need no
answer, no lists or equations
my sign is, my name is, my address, my resume, phone, I told you
this isn't me


Comments about An Offer Of Full Disclosure by Jesse Weiner

  • Thomas Plotz (10/30/2015 10:23:00 AM)


    OK I'll ask - Who's my family, my kids, my wife's, my resume, my Man, my love, my color is blue. T. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/28/2007 6:05:00 PM)


    A marvellous torrent of the revealingly disconnected and concealingly connected, all cunningly configured to entertain and amaze. Kafka would have have been right there with you from start to finish offering and dismissing totally unrelated nonsense. Evasively brilliant. One of the most impressive things I've read on here for some time. (Report) Reply

  • (12/23/2006 8:42:00 AM)


    what a strong voice here. I guess you can tell as much about a person by what they won't disclose as by what they will. I like the irony of the title, and everything that follows. (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2005 12:53:00 AM)


    Outstanding and very very smart! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 15, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, May 17, 2010


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