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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Philip Whalen's Selected Poems Out Now











Hymnus Ad Patrem Sinensis

I praise those ancient Chinamen
Who left me a few words,
Usually a pointless joke or a silly question
A line of poetry drunkenly scrawled on the margin of a quick
splashed picture--bug, leaf,
caricature of Teacher
on paper held together now by little more than ink
& their own strength brushed momentarily over it
Their world & several others since
Gone to hell in a handbasket, they knew it--
Cheered as it whizzed by--
& conked out among the busted spring rain cherryblossom winejars
Happy to have saved us all


One of my alltime favourite poets - a true individual

Overtime: Selected Poems
Penguin Poets
Philip Whalen - Author

Book: Paperback | 6.06 x 8.97in | 304 pages | ISBN 9780140589184 | Penguin

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