Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

New Poems

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pp. 1-52

What Poetry Is For

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pp. 3-29

Credo

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p. 5

Homeland Security

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pp. 6-7

Letter on the Brink of War

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pp. 8-10

Good-bye to Berlin

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pp. 11-13

My Favorite President

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pp. 14-15

In Memory of My Foreskin

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pp. 16-17

Holding Up the Universe

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pp. 18-19

Oedipus Schmoedipus

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p. 20

If This Be Jews

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pp. 21-22

Too Late

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p. 23

Mission Accomplished

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p. 24

What Poetry Is For

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pp. 25-27

Judgment at Nuremberg

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pp. 28-29

Dead Man Walking

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pp. 31-41

Dead Man Walking

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p. 33

In Praise of My Prostate

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p. 34

When It Struck Him

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p. 35

Taking My Breath Away

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pp. 36-37

Mrs. Wallace Stevens

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pp. 38-39

Prospero, in Retirement

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pp. 40-41

After the Fall

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pp. 43-52

After the Fall

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pp. 45-52

Selected Poems

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p. 53

from Stand Up, Friend,With Me (1963)

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pp. 55-77

Hydra

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p. 57

Donkeys

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pp. 58-59

Prologue

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p. 60

A Journey

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p. 61

A View of Jersey

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pp. 62-64

Sonny Hugg and the Porcupine

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p. 65

Graffiti

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p. 66

Unwanted

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pp. 67-68

The Sleeper

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p. 69

At the Coney Island Aquarium: An Ode for Ookie, the Older Walrus Child; or The Sibling Rival

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p. 70

The Charmed Pool

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pp. 71-72

Ode to Fidel Castro

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pp. 73-77

from Variety Photoplays (1967)

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pp. 79-111

Curse of the Cat Woman

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pp. 81-82

Frankenstein

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pp. 83-84

The Bride of Frankenstein

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pp. 85-87

Sweet Gwendolyn and the Countess

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pp. 88-89

Whatever Happened to May Caspar?: A Narration for an Animated Cartoon

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pp. 90-93

Nancy

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pp. 94-95

The Life of Joan Crawford

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pp. 96-103

World War II

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pp. 104-108

Giant Pacific Octopus

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pp. 109-110

Tailspin

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p. 111

from A Full Heart (1973)

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pp. 113-123

New York

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pp. 115-116

Being Jewish

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pp. 117-119

The Lost, Dancing

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p. 120

David’s Dream

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pp. 121-122

Sharks

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p. 123

from Stars in My Eyes (1978)

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pp. 125-132

Mae West

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pp. 127-128

Comeback

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pp. 129-132

from New and Selected Poems, from the Book of My Life (1987)

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pp. 133-148

Triad

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pp. 135-136

Oh, Brother!

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pp. 137-138

From Poland

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pp. 139-140

Narcissus

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p. 141

Poems on a Theme

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pp. 142-145

Afghanistan

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pp. 146-147

To Love

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p. 148

from Counting Myself Lucky, Poems 1963–1992 (1992)

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pp. 149-178

The Winners and the Losers

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pp. 151-152

Waiting for the Communists

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pp. 153-154

Blinks

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pp. 155-159

Dietrich

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p. 160

Hear, O Israel

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pp. 161-163

Trop Tard Pour Paris

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p. 164

The Last Bohemians

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pp. 165-167

World Traveler

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pp. 168-169

Rule of the Desert

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pp. 170-171

Sex Among the Savages

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pp. 172-173

Callas

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pp. 174-175

The Guide

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p. 176

Garbo

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pp. 177-178

from A Frieze for a Temple of Love, Poems 1993–1997(1998)

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pp. 179-203

Colombian Gold

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pp. 181-183

My Sister, the Queen

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pp. 184-185

Magic Words

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pp. 186-187

Colossus

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pp. 188-189

St. Petersburg, 1918

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p. 190

The Bukowski Option

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pp. 191-194

from “A Man and His Penis”

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pp. 195-196

from “My Life as a Dog”

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p. 197

Sorry, I Never Slept with Allen Ginsberg

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pp. 198-203

Acknowledgments

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p. 205