Ted Berrigan

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

New Personal Poem - Poem by Ted Berrigan

to Michael Lally
You had your own reasons for getting
In your own way. You didn't want to be
Clear to yourself. You knew a hell
Of a lot more than you were willing
to let yourself know. I felt
Natural love for you on the spot. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Right.
Beautiful. I don't use the word lightly. I
Protested with whatever love (honesty) (& frontal nudity)
A yes basically reserved Irish Catholic American Providence Rhode
Island New Englander is able to manage. You
Are sophisticated, not uncomplicated, not
Naïve, and Not simple. An Entertainer, & I am, too.
Frank O'Hara respected love, so do you, & so do we.
He was himself & I was me. And when we came together
Each ourselves in Iowa, all the way
That was love, & it still is, love, today. Can you see me
In what I say? Because as well I see you know
In what you have to say, I did love Frank, as I do
You, "in the right way".
That's just talk, not Logos,
a getting down to cases:
I take it as simple particulars that
we wear our feelings on our faces.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 29, 2015



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