Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Tuesday poem #134 : Rachel Loden : At the Grave of Pigpen
September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973
—Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, CA
Who gives this woman
to be buried
with this man? I do.
I lie in the green grass
next to you, Pigpen,
not to be star-crossed
but to be forgotten.
Dick of the Dead (Ahsahta), which was shortlisted for both the PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry and the California Book Award. Loden’s first book, Hotel Imperium (Georgia), won the Contemporary Poetry Series competition and was selected as one of the ten best poetry books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, which called it “quirky and beguiling.” Her new book, Kulchur Girl: Notes from Berkeley 1965 is just out from Vagabond Press in the ‘deciBels’ series, edited by Pam Brown. She is working on an investigative memoir, Finding Krupskaya. Three new poems are in the current Journal of Poetics Research.
the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan