Poetry for and by 25-year-olds

If you enjoy poetry other than haikus, some really great poems are here. Rachel Schiff writes them.

Rachel turned 25 this month. Here is a poem just for her.

by Gregory Corso
from Gasoline

I AM 25

With a love a madness for Shelley
Chatterton Rimbaud
and the needy-yap of my youth
has gone from ear to ear:
Especially poetmen who retract
who consult other old poetmen
who speak their youth in whispers,
saying:–I did those then
but that was then–
O I would quiet old men
say to them:–I am your friend
what you once were, thru me
you’ll be again–
Then at night in the confidence of their homes
rip out their apology-tongues
and steal their poems.

Happy Birthday, Rachel. You are 25.

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