Jerome Rothenberg

(1931 / New York City, New York)

The Case For Memory - Poem by Jerome Rothenberg

I was amok & fearless
twice deceived
for which I sought out
in a tree.Too carelessly
I reached for love
& beaten down
I found you
in a froth or frenzy
spent my days around
the pan yards.
I would ask no help from those
whose trust is weak
but I would buy the latest
& the least.
I live for something practical
--the case for memory--
I set one foot into the space
the others leave abandoned.
Not your lord or slave
I meet you
in an equal clash of wills
& face you down.
I only touch the ground
on Sundays

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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