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Poetry #388
(published June 26, 2008)
Conversating Weldon Kees
by Jonathan Hayes
Who you,
new to me, man?

Asian femboy at Borders
turns me onto you, and points
at your car parked by the north end
of Golden Gate Bridge—
keys left in the ignition.

Was it really what Richard Lopez told me
'bout the documentary he watched of people
jumping off the bridge? like this one guy
talking on his cell phone and laughing,
then jumping. . .

Or did you take your savings account
and sleeping bag to Mexico?

Yes, "Sleep is too short a death,"


death is the longest sleep.

On Weldon Kees.

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