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.