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John Keene is the author of the award-winning novel Annotations (New Directions, 1995), and of the poetry collection Seismosis (1913 Press, 2006),
John Keene
with artwork by Christopher Stackhouse. A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective of Cambridge and Boston and a Graduate Fellow of Cave Canem, he teaches courses in fiction and cross-genre writing, American, African-American and African Diasporic literature, aesthetics, and literary translation at Northwestern University.

Ten Things I Do Everyday

John Keene
after Ted Berrigan

Floss my throat
wash my feet then glower
kiss Curtis at 7:30
to shake him
feed Kitty
philosophical tenders
stroll the valley
of dearth to Journal Square
keep the faith like a Benedictine
under the Hudson

Work like a yoyo
nap like bear
address endless e-mails
to forgotten writers
jack the meter
to stand tall
drink lust as if
it were spring water
walk through the Mews
when the coast is near
leave my friends and shadows
generous margins for error

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