Interview With the Old Poet: Ferlinghetti at 91 — for David

by Paul Pines


A star is born

and again
and again

until it becomes
a Black Hole


no light can escape
its density

this enormous
collapse of time
and all it contains

he speaks today
mostly to interviewers

he sounds lonely
as Hamlet

and as Hamlet
might’ve said

                      He is Hecuba
                      to me.