Michael Cantor: Mutual Appraisal


If you plug mine, then I’ll boost yours;
then you laud mine, and I’ll agree
that yours has duende in its pores,
if you plug mine. Then I’ll boost yours -
we’ll trade ovations for applause,
and laze in praise and prosody -
so you boost mine, and I’ll plug yours;
then you laud mine, and I’ll agree.