Happy Birthday, Weldon Kees!
Weldon Kees was born on this day in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1914. His artistic endeavors included painting and music, but he is best known for bringing a rich, new voice to American poetry––a voice full of wonderfully quirky, dark humor.
On July, 19, 1954, police found Kees’ Plymouth Savoy abandoned near the Golden Gate Bridge. The question of his whereabouts may never be answered. Some say he committed suicide, others say that he had spoken to them of plans to begin a new life in Mexico after his divorce. A search of his apartment revealed his watch, sleeping bag and wallet missing, though his eight-hundred dollar bank balance remained untouched. There was no suicide note.
Without further ado, two poems by this elusive man of mystery. I hope you enjoy them.
Boris is dead. The fatalist parrot
No longer screams warnings to Avenue A.
He died last week…
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