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Six Million Ways to Die, Choose One by Alex Ramirez


Some Women are Smarter than Others

Your poems are too short, she said
and have you ever read Kurt Vonnegut?
you will need to familiarize yourself with the school
of New Journalism
Faulkner was a great writer
read Hemingway
go to Paris
or New York
try to travel
get out of California
California is shallow and vacuous
punk is dead
so you might as well give it up
there’s a new sound
and a new band
and this other band that you have to hear
have you ever read Henry Miller?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas bores me
Tropic of Cancer is a better book
don’t drink so much
why must you drink so much?
all the great writers killed themselves
with the drink
work on writing longer stanzas
work on your meter
go back to school
learn from others
learn to paint
or to play an instrument
everyone can teach you something
stop being so stubborn
you have talent but you’ll never go anywhere
not with that attitude

“Okay”, I said

and then as I left
I reminded her,

“It wasn’t the drink that killed Hemingway
it was the shotgun.”

– A. Ramirez

Some Women Are Smarter Than Others, taken from my book of poetry “Man is the Bastard” which you can purchase on Amazon.

The Poet and His Muse

I wrote ten
poems for you
the other day
and the night before
that I wrote five more

there is a stack
of words
this high
on my desk

and a handful more
lying under my bed

I’ve hung some in the closet
and others I’ve put in the fridge
to keep fresh and from spoiling

and the ones
that I couldn’t get down
I simply let them
run wild in the yard
and I’ll deal with them later
when I have time
and I can think of you
without compromise

– A. Ramirez