I Steal Poetry (1986)

I Steal Poetry - drawing by Harvey 2020 for a similarly titled poem from 1986.

I stole a woman’s poetry
and ran through the streets
“It’s mine! it’s mine!
I can write from the female perspective!”

The world cheered
and threw money
in my direction.

I basked in the glow
of effervescent adoration.
“Writing from two perspectives
can double my output,”
I told panting male interviewers
as they hung on every word.

We can hardly wait,
we can hardly wait!
How does he do it?
people pondered.

I refuse to tell them
about my secret poetess
pounding out poetry
I steal when she
looks the
other way.


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