NauenThen

Joanne Kyger (1934–2017)

March 23, 2017

My goodness, it's been a bad week for cultural icons.

Just last Friday this was my Facebook post:

I'm belatedly "occupying FB" with poetry. Joseph Massey gave me Joanne Kyger, who I love, but more in a big heap than in any separate poem, since every poem she writes is atypical yet somehow add up to one beautiful work. So it took a while to find when & then I picked this one because it's timely, which isn't a great reason but here it is:

The Psycho Pathic Personality

"I am the commander
I do not need to explain why I do things.
That's the interesting thing about being
President.
Maybe someone needs to explain to ME
why they say something, but I don't feel
I OWE ANYONE AN EXPLANATION."

USA TODAY 11/25/02
DIRECT QUOTE