Too Much Paris
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Too Much Paris

 john raffetto
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Too Much Paris
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JOHN RAFFETTO A lifelong resident of Chicago. Some of his poetry has been published in print and various online magazines. Has been writing...read more poetry for over 30 years. Currently has an online poetry Facebook site Bongo Wilderness Poetry. Holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Northeastern Illinois University. Worked as a horticulturalist and landscape designer for many years at the Chicago Park District. Currently a professor at Triton College.
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Rue St. Michel's

bridge above Seine,

rapid current below-

graffiti over Mona Lisa.

Monet underground

riding the Metro.

 

Montparnasse cigarette cafe

a smoky dream-

artists wander looking for cheap wine.

I spot Picasso arguing with a prostitute

who slept with Hemingway in the back of

Shakespeare and Company.

 

Burned books

de Gaulle upright

pissing on Nazi goosesteps

down the Champs- Elysees,

G.I. liberates and waves to crowds

later will high kick at the Moulin Rouge.

 

In Montmartre

Renoir sips espresso with Satie.

Van Gogh frantic with colors is all ears listening to

Toulouse-Lautrec's short argument with Napoleon.

 

Seine slows

near long shadows of the Tuileries-

Medieval streets wind

toward jazz guitar and anisette

echoes of the lost generation

a movable Arc de Triomphe

while beat generation

lusts poetry in the La Marais cafes

drunk on opera.

 

Venus de Milo riding a bicycle

with French bread

under her arms.

King Louie seductive guillotine

captures brief bloody

rapture.

 

Prostitutes take communion in Notre Dame

from father de Maupassant

luring them inside the confessional.

 

Alone in a dark cafe

Rimbaud

argues with a gargoyle

later discovers the sewers of Andre Breton.

 

Space aliens receive signals from the Eiffel Tower

capture Salvador Dali

who is released quickly

too much

too crazy

 

too much Paris.

 

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  12 months ago · in response to Dan Jacoby

    No, Bongo Wilderness Poetry is a Facebook site where I have of some of my poems. There's a Bongo Wilderness on P & W?
  12 months ago
loved echoes of the beat generation. you seemed to cover most of the masters and nicely done. spent two weeks on west bank loved it except for taking your life in your hands with maniac Paris drivers. John, the same Bongo on P&W?
 

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