To Al Perry

To Al Perry

I remember the last time I saw you,
which was the last time I drank,
leaving a place I loved,
that I could never see again
in the same in sane exact way

I remember the last time I saw you
some months after
you sat reading the paper
reading the bar, reading the people

I remember the last time I saw you
taking photos of Poets, showing us some
you took in fifty five, young New York Guys,
Beat, Beat, Ginz berg, and a Kerouac and another guy named-

I remember the last time I saw you
more than I even remember the Poet
how you watched in all attentions
like nothing else had existed before

I remember how you made Monday Nights at Bacchanal-
as full of love and heightened life, as much of movie and other dreams
as they could ever be, as we could ever dream,
and how you and the Poetry and the Bar all belonged
how sad to have to move on
and come later, to speak to you,
of Poets and Readings, you said you’d take off a Monday Night sometime,
see us in our new house-

I remember the last time I saw you
which wasn’t in some damn dead man’s coffin last April
no, I saw you last week
at a Monday Night Reading at Bacchanal
I think the Poet was Count Paul Grillo
we had to get more chairs
from the basement,
Yeah, that was the very last time, I saw Al Perry

Bob Small


From a Dream


About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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1 Response to To Al Perry

  1. MLP says:

    this is really beautiful. thank you

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