Monday, February 14, 2011



I knew it wouldn't work.
Still we met at the museum
to gaze unseeing at a mummy.

We walked in the park
past places where we once kissed.
We spoke of each other
as one would of a friend
dead for a few years.

You caught me admiring
a young swaying body.
You asked at that moment,
"What're you thinking about?"

"Buffaloes," I lied.

"Buffaloes" first appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine on September 30, 1973.  That Sunday magazine used to run poetry and paid $25 a poem.  The poetry editor for the Chicago Tribune Magazine was Marcia Lee Masters.

The first publication of "Buffaloes" led to a pleasant exchange of letters in 1974 with Norman Mailer.

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