you can make me really famous
is going to the bookstore
carrying a suspicious-looking bag.
When you get to me in the line
for my autograph, you can blow me away
with how much of me you can quote.
Then you should hold my book close
as you walk away, leaving
behind your bag to tick away.
A good time to do it
would be when the book you’re holding close
is my New and Selected Poems.
It’s always downhill from there.
You can say that what you’re doing
is sending me down a ski jump
from which I am to soar into that false light,
never to come down again.
That would be sweet of you
but that’s not what I want you to do.
What I want you to do
is the bad good way,
going to the bookstore
for a book by someone else.
Carrying that book close,
you are welcome to pick my book up
because it has a bargain sticker on it
and because you feel a little sorry for me.