the noise of time by david antin

          i suppose most people know that when i come to a place i have
          a bit of difficulty trying to say precisely what i’m going to be
          doing so i dont start with large introductions but as usual
          ive got a number of things on my mind when i go places and i think
          about them out loud in public and because what i’m doing is
          entertaining ideas not people i’m quite happy for people to
          feel free to get up and leave whenever they stop finding this
          entertaining and thats how i know i’m a poet not an entertainer
          though on several occasions people have compared me to
          entertainers like lenny bruce but thats not what i’m like
          i’m not very much like lenny bruce if i’m an entertainer
          at all

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published by Boston Review