Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel: A Poem by Evan S. Connell

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Too wilted by the cell. Too pale. Too wilted. But if you’d seen me before, with my hands in my pockets, and with my flowers, always with a flower in my teeth! They used to call me . . Would you like to know? It was a nice nickname: Paulo with the Flowery Teeth! And now? I’m all alone. And my girl’s dropping me. Would you have liked my girl? __________ Mona Lisa is a reflection of Marcel Duchamp’s wildest sex addictions. Mona Lisa waits for the optometrist to begin the eye exam. Mona Lisa undresses endless audiences though she is partial to 19thcentury bustles and camisoles.

You’re not Ginsberg, homie, you’re not Ginsberg. You’ve got your own Paterson, San Francisco, NYC, your own Tangiers, all them places, right here in the Valley, homie. Here, fool. Write a poem for your people in your own voice and make them sing! Just better not write anything about me, homie, because I’ll drop a set on your ass. Rudy laughed. Rudy loved to laugh. 29 11/3 Rudy doesn’t sleep. I’m afraid to ask him to leave. Afraid for so many reasons. 11/3 Caught Rudy beating off in the bathroom to a newspaper ad.

But because you’ll know a few poems by memory, you’ll think you know, but you won’t. You won’t know, because you’re just a little punk! How can Schopenhauer save us, cabrón? How? Answer me how! So remember, each time you read those so-called books of so-called literature, remember the kids around this town, remember your family, your mother, remember your religion, eres Mexicano y eres Católico, cabrón, and don’t forget that, remember your father imprisoned here by domesticity, while Gregory Corso was in Greece when years younger than I.

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