Sunday Night Journal, March 11, 2018
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52 Poems, Week 11: Note to J. Alfred Prufrock (Billy Collins)


I just dared to eat
a really big peach
as ripe as it could be

and I have on
a pair of plaid shorts
and a blue tee shirt
with a hole in it

and little rivers of juice
are now running down my chin and wrist
and dripping onto the pool deck.

What is your problem, man?


Billy Collins was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.

—Beth Thackston Brooks is a retired teacher and beach bum who doesn't appreciate TSE.


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WONDERFUL response by Collins!

From C. S. Lewis (regarding the opening three lines of Prufrock):

A Confession

. . .
For twenty years I’ve stared my level best
To see if evening–any evening–would suggest
A patient etherized upon a table;
In vain. I simply wasn’t able.

Bah. I love Prufrock. But I have to admit Collins is funny.

I remember when the Allman Brothers Eat A Peach album came out I wondered if it was also a note to J. Alfred. Would have been fitting. I don't think it was though.

Glad to be challenged by Eliot and allowed to laugh at the dribbles down my chin, as well.


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