Per Contra Spring 2009 Light Verse Supplement


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Richard Moore

One Way to Handle It

When “How are you today?”
the caller all but sings,
“Bad! This asshole,” you say,
“just called to sell me things.”
Then, as with a cleaver,
down with the receiver.

The Man with a Multiple Personality Sums it All Up

Any me
is my enemy.

To a Much Honored Colleague

O poet, I have sinned.
Your venture in the art,
entitled, “April Wind,”
I’ve subtitled, “May Fart.”


Richard Moore has published a novel, a book of literary criticism, and seventeen books of poetry, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and another was a T. S. Eliot Prize finalist. He is a graduate of Yale, was a pilot in the Air Force, and is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA. Articles on his work have appeared in THE DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY and numerous newspapers and journals. His fiction, essays, and more than 700 of his poems have been published in a great variety of magazines, including THE NEW YORKER, ATLANTIC, HARPER'S, POETRY, THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, and THE NATION. His translation from the Latin of THE CAPTIVES of Plautus was published in the Johns Hopkins Roman Drama Series in 1995 and his translation from the Greek of Euripides' HIPPOLYTUS was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1998. Both have had stage performances. He has also published translations of poetry from German, French, and Italian. Moore's poetry shows great variety of form, tone, and content, but it is unfailingly entertaining. He gives frequent readings, lectures and dramatic performances in Boston, New York, and other cities.




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