a limited edition chapbook
Note: The poem, Scuffed Boots, got its start when my friend Paul Zarzyski asked if I knew what "Language Poetry" is.
Note: Although Language Poetry had its origins in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place I'm familiar with, I never ran into or paid much attention to the poetry and poets of this movement.
Note: One of the most vital and vigorous poetry innovators, Anselm Hollo, died in January. He was, by all accounts, a grand presence at Naropa. I doubt he was totally embraced as a Language Poet.
Note: Rather than horsing around and mocking what it is Language Poets are trying for, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Sincerity and comprehension are a whole lot harder than making fun of what other poets are trying to do.
On the other hand, Note: Samuel Beckett once wrote to a lady critic, I have no thoughts about my writing.