De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum

by Mark Chmiel

It’s true

There’s no cottage industry feeding off of your collected poems
There aren’t 15 young scholars writing dissertations from various disciplines on your life and work
There’s not been a single academic conference on your intertextuality
In the worlds of the University and Poetry you are a nobody

You simply write like you talk
You live close to the edge
You radiate cheerfulness and candor
Your verbal vibrations enter me and grow there

I’d much rather read your poems than Thomas Merton’s

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