Please Refrain from Talking During the Movie

By Robert Polito b. 1951 Robert Polito
When I can’t make you understand I repeat myself
I repeat
 
If you don’t stop asking me all these questions how
Will I understand anything
 
Please refrain from talking during the movie
 
I need a life that isn’t just about needing
To escape my life
 
Please God please may Carrie please fall for me
 
I want to show off my hidden camera
I’m an informer but I have my limits
 
You hurt him once before now what
If she’s there I don’t know if I can go
 
Please refrain from talking during the movie
 
Leave a message if you can’t reach me
To exit press enter and don’t forget your receipt
 
When I think I read new things I want
A life where I read and think new things
 
Please refrain from talking during the movie
 
I want to know nothing
Again
 
Please God please may Carrie please fall for me
 
I repeat myself when I can’t
Make you understand I repeat

Robert Polito, "Please Refrain From Talking During The Movie" from Hollywood & God. Copyright © 2009 by Robert Polito.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

Source: Hollywood & God (University of Chicago Press, 2009)

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Poet Robert Polito b. 1951

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Life Choices, The Mind, Love, Desire, Arts & Sciences, Photography & Film

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Poet and scholar Robert Polito was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his PhD from Harvard and has served as director of Creative Writing at The New School for two decades. Polito became the second president of the Poetry Foundation in July 2013.

Polito’s collections of poetry include Hollywood & God (2009) and Doubles (1995). His poetry blends narrative and lyric impulses, drawing on both American pop culture and literary . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, The Mind, Love, Desire, Arts & Sciences, Photography & Film

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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