Born on August 26, 1937, John Perreault grew up in New York City. Although he wrote poetry early on, publishing his first book in 1966, he was perhaps better known as an art critic and artist. From 1966 to 1974, he was the art critic for The Village Voice, and from 1975 to 1983 he held the position of Senior Art Critic and Art Editor at The Soho News. His art writings have appeared in numerous journals, including Art in America and Art Forum.
BOOKS OF POETRY
Camouflage (New York: Lines Press, 1966); Luck (New York: Kulcher Foundation, 1969); Harry (Toronto: Coach House Press, 1966)
╬Winner of the PIP Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry in English
I Can Be You
I can be you. Or if not you,
At the bottom of the garden is
then at least your twin, to give
a hard-on and not a fountain.
the expectations a difficult ride.
That fountain, like tumescence,
But why? I'd rather be a shadow,
is also a sham and a sock and not
then a reflection in some other
a thimble like the flower or
world of reversals, when and if
the crown that is upside down,
the shadow world would sink.
your headdress of old fathers.
Reprinted from The Milk Review, November 2005. Copyright ©2005 by John Perreault.