Our poetry editor, Joe Pan, has selected four poems by Eileen Myles for his monthly series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers.
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I let you wisp in here a little
There that’s nice
I’m heading to do a reading
the cute waitress delivers the guys’
food & I’m afraid she caught
me making eating faces
chewing seriously now saying
goodbye to Thich Gnat
Hahn how many people always
will think about you when they are
chewing. There’s hardly anything on
the planet that isn’t improved
by a little lime; happy squeeze
this sailor will never get scurvy
I wonder if she feels different
when she serves him
Today at the gym this woman
said you always look so cute
one of the few times I ever
looked at my x’s twitter
feed someone had told her
she had beautiful hair
I thought gross what a narcissist
Well it’s not like I said someone
at the gym said I ALWAYS
look cute on social media
No one may ever read this
maybe some archivist at Yale
will wind up with my phone
and lean over to another
graduate student look someone
at the gym told her she ALWAYS
looked cute. Covers his mouth
laughing. Maybe I’ll lose this
phone. Narcissistic little thought
You will not die alone
I’ll read you tonight
I set up
tree & covered
it in pink
went out &
bought a teevee
& yet I
I never know
with me always
Later the whole
of dogs & the
sun. My loneliness
like a sash
in the distance.
w a beard
got wet &
What I like
on the swing
mean I’ll be here
when I am.
Kids out there.
What is divinity.
Turns out something
is on the
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Eileen Myles lives in New York, and her selected poems I Must Be Living Twice and a reissue of Chelsea Girls are coming out very soon from Ecco/Harper Collins.
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I gotta ask- is “Thich Gnat Hahn” an autocorrect abomination, or a great nickname.
It’s the name of a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, though the spelling in Latin letters (like most names derived from non-Latin alphabets) does vary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Nhất_Hạnh
I know who Thích Nhất Hạnh is. If I didn’t, there would be no reason for me to ask. Google turns up no uses of “Thich Gnat Hahn,” so the question of autocorrect or clever nickname still stands.
Ok, point taken. Just trying to help. 😉
I enjoyed Eileen’s poetry very much and one nice thing about them is that they demand that you read them more than once. That’s a good thing.
Shaun, try googling Thich Gnat Hanh, you might learn something.
Try not making assumptions before you respond. See my reply above.
My apologies Shaun.
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