Poetry — October 15, 2012 13:44 — 0 Comments

Q: Why Do I Wear A Necktie? – Richard Kenney

1.   A necktie is upward-tending, like a noose,
or a steeple. 

2.   A necktie is the ancient ceremonial dress
of my people.

3.   A necktie honors Our Lady the Muse,
who is our occasion.

4.   A necktie whispers low to me the news
I’m not on vacation.

5.   A necktie for cleaning reading glasses
is handy.

6.   A necktie satisfyingly irritates certain dudes who’re
very damned real, and abhor
a Doodle Dandy.


Richard Kenney is a poet and professor of English at the University of Washington. He is the author of four books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless BirdOrrery,The Invention of the Zero, and The One-Strand River. 

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What am I?

Bioluminescent eye
That sees by the shine
Of its own light. Lies

Blind me. I am the seventh human sense
And my stepchild,

Scientists can't find me.

Januswise I make us men;
Was my image then—

Remind me:

The awful fall up off all fours
From the forest
To the hours…

Tick, Tock: Divine me.

-- Richard Kenney