Here is my “perfect poem”. It was really fun to write, actually. Obviously it’s rough. Hot off the press:D Perfect!
The perfect poem
is as heavy with history as the look you gave me last night
I can barely breathe with the weight
the stone-gray weight
the perfect poem was written years ago
in the mouths of the critics
in the syllabi of first year English teachers
who told us what Thomas was saying
who tried to clothe Whitman’s bodies in layers of meaning
tamed Howl, distilled it into a handout
on lavender paper
asked their students to give them an introduction
and a conclusion
I’ll bet Ginsberg would have loved to see our conclusions.