Summer 2000


Barry Spacks



the great poet
named himself basho,
"banana tree,"
an herb really: broad-leaved, unstiff,
full of juice

taken for a Buddha
just because of having
square toes long ears
a bump atop the head
and 84,000 teachings!

Weston's curves:
shells, women, hills,
and even a halved artichoke
photographed as lips

A long-time teacher of writing and literature (M.I.T., UC Santa Barbara), Barry Spacks is widely published in paper and pixel (seven collections, including SPACKS STREET: NEW & SELECTED POEMS from Johns Hopkins)



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