3/11/09 – Tad Richards

11 Mar



Soon, all my stories
will be told backwards.
My ingénue will
find love in the first act.
Deflowered in the second,
by the third, she is writing
entries in her journal:
boys she identifies
with cryptic nicknames.

And I’ll learn too late
lie and deceive,
yet use this knowledge
for purposeful blackmail:
I’ve slept with their wives,
serially or in pairs,
winning their trust
with pears and figs

HOST: Robin
Tad Richards is the author of two full-length books of poetry (My Night With the Language Thieves and Situations: a Novel in Verse) and three chapbooks (The Gravel Business, The Map of the Bear, and most recently Take Five: Poems in 5/4 time), all from Connecticut’s Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press. He has also written about poets and poetry for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry and The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry. A song, “Banks of the Hudson,” co-written with the Hon. John Hall (D-NY), can be downloaded from His two most recent works are Film Noir, a book of drawings, and The Rocklins, a collaboration at a distance of 60 years with his stepfather Harvey Fite, creator of Opus 40 ( His website is, his blog He is featured on the Italian web anthology of American poetry Fieralingue Two of his poems can be found online in the current Salt River Review and two more in the current Iowa Review (Winter 2008-9).

He will probably bring his guitar to the reading. 

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Posted by on March 11, 2009 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features


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