Of What is Real

By Richard Tagett b. 1936 Richard Tagett
I like to lie with you wordless
on black cloud rooft beach
in late june 5 o’clock tempest
on clump weed bed with sand
fitting your contours like tailor made
 
and I like to wash my summer brown face
in north cold hudson rapids
with octagon soap
  knees niched in steamy rocks
  where last night’s frog stared
  at our buddhist sleep
 
but most of all I like to see
the morning happen . . .
 
I like to go down vertical mountains
where lanny goshkitch
meditated
  crashing poplars
  sap sticky arms flailing
  as thermosed green tea
  anoints sneakers
  and blood soakt brow I taste and love
  myself a split second
 
and I like to feel my own full scrotum
as I horizon the whole crisp linen earth
in my beatitude waiting miguel-like
in maskt fantasy for christ-like
you—
whoever you are
 
but most of all I like to see
the morning happen . . .
 
I like to look at books howl
haikus of the seasons
of the mind
that I might know the knowing
and the simplest to think of all of us
taking turns at catching each other
in the rye
 
and I like to taste cold absinthe
on hot hung sunday mornings
discussing orgies symposiums
and sounds with hoary headed poets
in upstairs jazz club
in Japan
 
but most of all I like to see
the morning happen when k and ike still sleep
and only the denver night riders hum contrasts
to orient jazzy feather beasts
in the dewy garden of real earth
where I can sink my naked feet
cool

Richard Tagett, "Of What is Real" from Demodulating Angel, published by Ithuriel’s Spear. Copyright © 2011 by Richard Tagett.  Reprinted by permission of Richard Tagett.

Source: Demodulating Angel (Ithuriel's Spear, 2011)

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Poet Richard Tagett b. 1936

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Love, Desire, Nature, Summer, Religion, Buddhism, Christianity, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Richard Tagett was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, and moved to New York City in 1960 after serving four years in the Air Force. In New York, he studied poetry at the New School for Social Research before moving to San Francisco, where he became acquainted with poets Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Jack Gilbert (whose seminar he attended at San Francisco State College). Tagett founded the journal Manroot with Paul Mariah in 1969, . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Love, Desire, Nature, Summer, Religion, Buddhism, Christianity, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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