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By Charles Bernstein

I ruin my hats and all the mat slides glad

I hop my girls and all is skip again

I jump I run you up inside my truck


The car goes looping out in dark and light

And yellow hat slides in

I run my mats and all the girl slides glad


I hoped you skipped me into luck

And jump me black, ruin me glad

I jump I run you up inside my truck


I jump my slopes and all the dopes slide glad

I glide my luck and all is slip again

I jump my hopes and all the rope glides sad


I skip you jump the way you said

But I run old and sigh your name

I ruin my mats and all the girl slides glad


At least when luck hops it skips back again

A rune my mats and all the girls slide glad

I jump I run you up inside my truck


                     After “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath


Source: Poetry (Poetry Foundation, 2007)

Poet Bio

Poet, essayist, theorist, and scholar Charles Bernstein was born in New York City. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry.  Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University. In the mid-1970s he became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. Bernstein’s poetic work explores the wide-ranging uses of language within diverse social contexts. His poetry combines the language of politics, popular culture, advertising, literary jargon, corporate-speak, and myriad others to show the ways in which language and culture are mutually constructive and interdependent.

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