Ferlinghetti on the Lawn|
for Nancy Baughman
1967 Chico State I lie with Nancy tummies down on towels bikinied in deep June grass Ferlinghetti open in my hands opens me a Coney Island of the Mind indeed page after page the ninja poet's lines dance and pierce I look over at Nancy she's now face up eyes closed under Chico sun her white blonde hair flows across a sky blue towel listen to this "Beauty stands and waits with gravity to start her death-defying leap" wow she says softly and looks over at me hand shading her pool blue eyes
© June 2000 Leslye Layne Russell
This poem was published in
Selected Poems of Post-Beat Poets, an anthology
of poetry of 23 post-Beat poets,
published in Chinese, in China, in 2008.