The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

Gamelan Music by Dennis Kelly

In submission on February 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

—for Phuoc-Tan & Diana

“I write for myself—

and strangers”

—Gertrude Stein


i write for myself—and strangers

but mostly—for myself

i wouldn’t be writing—this way tho

if it weren’t—for strangers

especially a stranger—who said

there’s somebody—i want you to meet

so i write now—for two strangers

and myself—i write for her

even tho—we don’t talk anymore

i write for him—we talk a lot

without her—there wouldn’t be him

i write for him now—not her

funny how strangers—come & go

i write for myself—and them

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  1. Dear Dennis, thank you so much for the poem, so full of longing and fellow-feeling. It’s one of your most moving works.

    Diana Manister

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