|Donald Lev has been writing and publishing
poetry since 1958. His 13th collection, Yesterday's
News (Outloudbooks, 2002), is obliquely about the WTC
tragedy. He publishes/edits the literary tabloid Home
Planet News, which he and his late wife Enid Dame founded
|Maybe you just didn't do it right.
Did you hold it straight out in front of your chest?
Were your elbows unbent?
were your eyes open or closed?
There is a difference between great art and yours.
We've got to find out what it is.
A small parcel of time
enclosed in a small white box tied
with a pink ribbon
was presented to me by the kindly ghost
who thinks of such things.
But what shall I do with it? I ask him.
I sense him shrugging--a knowing Gallic shrug.
|Crouching in a ditch,
late afternoon sky beginning to deepen;
gnats and flies busy about my head;
my head busy about my problems,
trying to find words to express them.
I'm staying here till I can leave unnoticed.
can leave any time unnoticed.