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Born on January 30th, 1935 in Tacoma, Washington, little is known of his childhood but it is rumored it was a troubled one. Somewhere around 1955-1958, Richard moved to San Francisco, California and became involved in the Beat Movement. In 1959, Lay the Marble Tea was published (his first published ... Read more
Born on January 30th, 1935 in Tacoma, Washington, little is known of his childhood but it is rumored it was a troubled one. Somewhere around 1955-1958, Richard moved to San Francisco, California and became involved in the Beat Movement. In 1959, Lay the Marble Tea was published (his first published ... Read more

Thinking hard about you
I got on the bus
and paid 30 cents car fare
and asked the driver for two transfers
before discovering
that I was
alone.

I don't care how God-damn smart
these guys are:     I'm bored.

O beautiful
was the werewolf
in his evil forest.
We took him
to the carnival
and he started
crying
when he saw
the Ferris wheel.
Electric
green and red tears
flowed down
his furry cheeks.
He looked
like a boat
out on the dark
water.

Oh, Marcia,
I want your long blonde beauty
to be taught in high school,
so kids will learn that God
lives like music in the skin
and sounds like a sunshine harpsicord.
I want high school report cards
to look like this:

Spinning like a ghost

on the bottom of a

top,

I'm haunted by all

the space that I

will live without

you.

I don't know what it is,
but I distrust myself
when I start to like a girl
a lot.

A piece of green pepper
fell
off the wooden salad bowl:
so what?

I am standing in the cemetery at Byrds, Texas.
What did Judy say? "God-forsaken is beautiful, too."
A very old man who has cancer on his face and takes
care of the cemetery, is raking a grave in such a
manner as to almost (polish it like a piece of silver

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammels and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

Forsaken, fucking in the cold,
eating each other, lost
runny noses,
complaining all the time
like so many
people
that we know

 
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