1. THE MUSE You may catch a butterfly in a net if you are swift enough or if you keep perfectly still perhaps it will land on your shoulder. Often it is just a moth. 2. WRITING In the battle between the typewriter and the blank page a certain rhythm evolves, not unlike the hoofbeats of a horse groomed for war who would rather be head down, grazing. 3. REJECTION SLIP Darling, though you know I admire your many fine qualities you don't fill all my needs just now, and besides there's a backlog waiting to fit in my bed. 4. REVISION The tree has been green all summer but now it tries red...copper... even cold. Soon leaf after leaf will be discarded, there will be nothing but bare tree, soon it will be almost time to start over again. 5. ARS POETICA Escape from teh poem by bus, by streetcar-- any way you can, dragging a suitcase tied together with twine in which youv'e stuffed all your singular belongings. Leave behind a room washed by the sun or by moonlight. There should be a chair on which you've draped a coat that will fit anyone.