Upon reading a critical review
it’s difficult to accept
and you look around the room
for the person they are talking
he’s not there
he’s not here.
by the time they get your book you
are no longer your
you are on the next page,
they don’t even get the old books right.
you are given credit for things you don’t
deserve, for insights that aren’t
people read themselves into books, altering
what thay need and discarding what they
good critics are as rare as good
and whether I get a good review or a
I take neither
I am on the next page.
the next book.
From Betting on the Muse – Poems and Stories
Black Sparrow Press, 1996.