Keep awake – alive – New.
Perform the paradox of being hard and yet soft.
Survive without calcification of the tender membranes.
Be a poet. Be alive.”
—Tennessee Williams, from Notebooks (1942)
Poet bodies keep alive desires
Of poets , both dead and alive,
They have to keep membranes
From a calcification or go soft
Let dead poets keep you alive
Before a calcification sets in.