A critic advises
not to write on controversial subjects
like freedom or murder,
but to treat universal themes
as timeless symbols
like the white unicorn.
—Dudley Randall, ‘Black Poet, White Critic’
A white unicorn?
The Chameleon by Jonathan Williams
at 14 I decided it was avant-garde to dig
but, man if I were just the least
bit queer, boy, you know, man, wow,
and then some; but, like
I’m not, but
when I write Dearest to you in a letter, then
Anyway by William Bronk
I want to cry my wild happiness
- wild because it hasn’t anything
to do with the cultivated ways: not sex
or Zen or Jesus or even as though
I thought that happiness was a place to look.
It wasn’t and I didn’t and here it is.