(for becca & caolan. ♥.)
"they may suppose, because i would not cloy your ear--"
i'm surprised, given that there are two poets--
not to mention ladies, scholars!--who know it's
john berryman from whom i steal--that's clear--
(frank o'hara, sure, i hold him v. dear,
& ted roethke provides me w/ some bits--
do people call him "ted?" on google, a few hits.
also: the stark in p. larkin, the austere.)
to finish my thought from the stanza prior:
i wonder why they've not said to my face,
"your &s & abbrevs come straight from john, fred!"
b/c they're ladies, scholars--that's why! errr ...
but, what about the use of lower case?
say "e.e. cummings" and i'll strike you dead.