The Poet at His Meal Among Students
for Allen Ginsberg
He eats cold curried chicken,
salad, whole wheat bread,
after a concert, hungry, eats it all,
and asks for seconds, his audience
imbibing beers around him, two
talking to him as he chews,
answers between mouthfuls,
emptying his plate, as they feed
on his attention, and drink
from his mind.
Elizabeth Rhett Woods has published six books of poetry, most recently Woman Walking: Selected Poems, and 1970: A Novel Poems, and three novels, including Beyond the Pale, The Amateur, and The Yellow Volkswagen, 1971. Her plays and poetry have been broadcast on CBC Radio. She lives in Victoria.