What's Wrong

By Landis Everson 1926–2007 Landis Everson
"What you are struggling with," said
the psychologist, "is
a continuous song, something like
a telephone's tone. Nebulous, noncommittal,
unrelenting, pretending
to give you messages it can't deliver.

Because the body is unattached. It is,"
he said, "like a valentine sent
out cold, beautiful, brittle as tomorrow's
deja-vu, but distortedly misaddressed.
These pills will help you
find yourself
somewhere where the lace ends up loose
and the paste is still humming
all about you.

Landis Everson, “What's Wrong,” from Poetry (October 2006). Copyright © 2006 by Poetry Foundation. Reprinted with permission from Poetry Foundation.

Source: Poetry (October 2006).

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Biography

Poet Landis Everson was born in Coronado, California. He studied at the University of California-Berkeley, where he was poetry editor of Occident and a member of the Berkeley Renaissance, a group of writers that included poets Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Robin Blaser. After studying for an MA at Columbia University, he returned to the San Francisco area and became involved in a weekly workshop with his fellow Berkeley poets. . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Health & Illness

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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