I Am 25 Poem by Gregory Corso

I Am 25

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With a love a madness for Shelley
Chatterton Rimbaud
and the needy-yap of my youth
has gone from ear to ear:
I HATE OLD POETMEN!
Especially old poetmen who retract
who consult other old poetmen
who speak their youth in whispers,
saying:--I did those then
but that was then
that was then--
O I would quiet old men
say to them:--I am your friend
what you once were, thru me
you'll be again--
Then at night in the confidence of their homes
rip out their apology-tongues
and steal their poems.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Zander Page 07 February 2012

I love the line rip out their apology-tongues, and steal their poems. I feel exactly the same way.

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Michael Walker 31 January 2015

The main point of the poem is fair enough- not liking old poets of the Establishment. It is quite a refreshing outlook.

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Tom Billsborough 25 June 2016

A good steal is a good move! Tom Billsborough

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bobby brown 25 February 2019

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

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Lyn Paul 27 March 2018

Enjoyed reading and to read further of the Outlaw Poets. Wonderful. Thank You

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 27 March 2018

Wow, what a nice poem.. love to quote these lines.. Then at night in the confidence of their homes rip out their apology-tongues and steal their poems. Thanks poet.

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Lantz Pierre 27 March 2018

One of the greatest outlaw poets of all time. Or at least since the Provençal troubadours. Authentic energy, verve, commitment, candor and a surgical precision for the excision of life from wherever it may dwell is the terrain of the poet. Of anyone who would be worthy of the moniker eternally. God speed, Gregory. You are missed.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 27 March 2018

Wonderful imaginary and imagery. Beautifully crafted.

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Gregory Corso

Gregory Corso

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