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    Bill Berkson

          for Jim Gustafson
    Last Words

"That's the way it goes."
"More light, please."
"Whose side are you on anyway?"
"Goodnight, sweet Prince."
"Shut the door on your way out."
"You want I should call you a cab?"
    Gimme A Swig
There must have been a saturation of enchantment
at some point before the crafty badgers
dismantled their catch, the actual, for
meathead determinism, pestilence futures, sub-
dular glitches, and the like. You had
plenty to read, a river skidding gently through it,
every day, the first pineapple.
Bill Berkson

Bill Berkson is a poet, art critic and professor of art history at the San Francisco Art Institute. Of his eleven books and pamphlets of poetry, the most recent are Lush Life (Z Press) and Start Over (Tombouctou). He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and a regular contributor to Modern Painters, American Craft and other magazines. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Bill Berkson
Bolinas, May 1985
Photo copyright © John Tranter, 1985, 1998


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