(for allen ginsberg)
not past blue automo-
biles in driveways,
not anywhere towards a home
nevermore to a silent cottage?
graybeard, lonely old courage-teacher?
Do you see
a boat disappears on the black waters of
Do you know who you are?
Do you hear the voices of your sons and daughters
Awake at night anxious by day thinking of Walt Whitman and
Allen Ginsberg and dead poets prophets from Israel and Spain and Palestine ?
Do you know
you now follow
Do you really have to follow the
Black gold's trail?
When will your boys learn the
One complete hour of lovemaking
Is all you need
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Kahnupad Haider is the nom de plume Haider A. Khan uses when he writes poetry. Kahnupad is the name of the earliest buddhist poet c. 8th-9th century in Bengal. Khan is an award-winning poet, translator and literary critic. He has written on Octavio Paz, James Joyce and the Japanese Haiku master Basho, among others. He is a professor at the graduate school of international studies, University of Denver, and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.
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