Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Twenty Questions

Maura Stanton (2005)

Who wrote Heart of Darkness? And what's the name
Of Dale Evans's horse? Why did theives steal
Charlie Chaplin's corpse? Can you explain
Hieroglyphs in shells? How do you feel?
How many grains of (popcorn, rice, sand) fill
This container? Why did they auction off
Maria Callas's underwear? Would you like a pill?
Do you feel tired, perhaps? Is that bed soft?
Can you remember your parents' wedding date?
Your own? Like a glass of milk? Some champagne?
How many rhymes in a sonnet? Something you ate?
Who invented Bacos? Think it will rain?
Lie back now. Shall I bring you some chips?
What's the answer? It's rising to your lips.

1 comment:

dan1968 said...

from The Best American Poetry of 2005