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Callaloo 25.2 (2002) 671

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Bob Kaufman, November 11, 1985
Photo by Michelle Maria Boleyn, © 1985

Forget to Not

Remember, poet, while gallivanting across the sky,
Skylarking, shouting, calling names . . . Walk softly.
Your footprint on rain clouds is visible to naked eyes,
Lamps barnacled to your feet refract the mirrored air.
Exotic scents of your hidden vision fly in the face of time.
Remember not to forget the dying colors of yesterday
As you inhale tomorrow's hot dream, blown from frozen lips.
Remember, you naked agent of every nothing.


Michelle Maria Boleyn is a painter, photographer and poet. Her portraits of Bob Kaufman have been published in The Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Le Figaro, Beatitude-Silver Anniversary Edition, Poetry Flash, and South Atlantic Quarterly. Her photography is in the public collections of Mills College and San Francisco State University. One of her paintings is in the collection of the Multi-Ethnic Cultural Library, Texas State University, Arlington. She currently resides in San Francisco.

Michelle Maria Boleyn's manuscript for "Bob Kaufman—The Final Portraits" may be viewed at <>.



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