Les Gottesman


A misquote dilates
ghost-red and hat-black
the Kremlin of impulse.
On the spiky chance
the thighs are real
I am
their appetite
for polyandry, Dada,
booze and spaghetti,
the unseeable apartments
in a dream of hallways.






Soupy river of alt-sex
as is

mocked by terrapins and pangolins
and melancholy aye-ayes

drawn by a scent to where a body
waltzes into mind.

Mento haba tumo matu.
(In case I forget

the pronouns of animals
I carry this.)


Les Gottesman’s first published poems were in Ted Berrigan’s C magazine in 1965. More recently, his poems have appeared in print and online journals and magazines including Thin Air, Otis Nebula, Samizdat, Felucca, H_NGM_N, Wag’s Revue, Juked, FutureCycle, Anamesa, Beatitude, Harper’s, Antioch Review, and Columbia Review, as well as in twelve chapbooks from his own imprint, Omerta Publications. Finishing Line Press will publish Les’s new chapbook, Misuses of Poetry and Other Poems, in January 2013. Les has been a teacher in San Francisco for over 30 years. He received an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in 2011. See more of his work at http://www.lesgottesman.com

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