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Rene Ricard dies

Too dumb to know who was who
and natively suspicious
in a puffy gray snowjacket
the kind the artists wore in Soho
ten years earlier
Shocked by the food the high polish
of the clothes. Honestly jealous
thinking you were ready for your moment
but you did not know who was who
a party at Mary Boone’s
Schnabel sitting with his parents
on Mary Boone’s couch and his father
said to you about Rene
This man made my son famous
1981 The Radiant Child
You were hopeless
I don’t understand you said to Rene
why anyone would want to own
these paintings. I love the paintings
Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia
but I don’t understand the impulse
to own. This is a poet’s question
he said, not a painter’s, dooming you
He wrote you a postcard signed
Frenchy: You cannot seek approval
you have to bury Ginsberg, bury
Ashbery. He recognized your 
reluctance to overthrow
parents He always said
he hates poetry He said
the newspapers treat you like
pigshit— in a newspaper interview!
You went to Hoboken together He said
the rough night streets
were sexy, said he wanted to take you
to Brooks Brothers it was common
for gay men to say that to you
Too dumb to know who was who
Listen he said about the party
This is work and don’t think
it’s anything else, don’t be fooled
a sheet of paper in the typewriter
long lines, the phrase “cloud-pearl gray”
These are my dailies, said Rene

I’m sorry I don’t know where I’m going either on a #foggyday in #newjersey

I’m sorry I don’t know where I’m going either on a #foggyday in #newjersey

Just a couple of days ago it was rainy in #newyorkcity

Just a couple of days ago it was rainy in #newyorkcity

Another face of #janus #snow #montclair glad I left the Christmas lights up

Another face of #janus #snow #montclair glad I left the Christmas lights up

Descent into the maelstrom #Janus #montclair #snow

Descent into the maelstrom #Janus #montclair #snow

Still here so you better watch out you better not cry

Still here so you better watch out you better not cry

The pretty side of the #snow in #newjersey before the power goes out?

The pretty side of the #snow in #newjersey before the power goes out?

My own street and I don’t know what’s down there #newjersey

My own street and I don’t know what’s down there #newjersey

Snow tracks tonight in #newjersey

Snow tracks tonight in #newjersey

Parked and staying there for a while #snow in #newjersey

Parked and staying there for a while #snow in #newjersey

They’re arresting Santa! #montclair police being festive!

They’re arresting Santa! #montclair police being festive!

Christmas Man #2 and final. Check out the price, huh?

Christmas Man #2 and final. Check out the price, huh?