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Stoned Alien Contemplating The Universe by A. Ramirez


how to be a good poet

I recommend at least three beers before noon
to keep you brave
and masturbate habitually
so as to keep the sex drive from becoming a distraction
you don’t want to spread your energies too thin
read Plato’s Republic
and Spinoza’s Ethics
gorge yourself on a diet of music
cultivate something resembling a soul
go to the beach
or to the mountains
go some place
any place
where man has yet to desecrate
and observe how the animals get through life
unconcerned by concepts such as equality, justice,
fairness, guilt, shame
then go spend some time
in a thick pack of people
smell them
study them
take them in
watch how wonderful they are
and how sad they are
how lonely
and lost
like apes not quite fully formed

forget about writing
focus on other things
kill your gods
reject your politicians
deny your masters
refuse all laws

when the words come
they will have power
and they will
be more than words

– A. Ramirez

How to be a Good Poet from my book of poetry “MAN IS THE BASTARD”.
You can find it on

That Bastard Love

How am I to explain myself?

I was malnourished as a child
not enough love
and when love came
it came too late

it came like a fisherman’s hook
to rip open my mouth

it came like a torpedo
and blew out my gut

I sank to the bottom of the sea
staggered like a drunken urchin

I wrestled with the idea
and grew hungry on the idea

I cursed its absence
for all those years
when it was lacking
and then
when it came
in such abundance
I beat back
its misunderstood touch

and now l know that love
can make a man great

like subsistence
nurturing and
raising a child up

or if it comes too late
it can be pure torture

it can drive the heart insane
and drown the body at sea

it can ruin a man forever

– A. Ramirez
That Bastard Love, from my book of poetry Man is the Bastard
Which you can purchase on Amazon.

A Poem For Mary Jane

Mary Jane
I have
plucked a flower
from the
neighbor’s garden
so that you may have it
would you wear it in your hair
for others to see?
Mary Jane
do you understand?
for you I have
made myself a thief
for you I have
and made myself bloody
for you I have
these words
in hopes
that you might
forgive crimes
far worse than a

– A. Ramirez

From “Man is the Bastard”

Which you can purchase on Amazon.