This poem is reprinted with kind permission from X.J. Kennedy's In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus, New and Selected Poems 11955-2007. This and Peeping Tom's Cabin, Comic Verse 1928-2008 contain poems "filled with the wit for which Kennedy is well-known", a quote from Anna Evans' review of the two books, which will appear in the January issue of the Raintown Review,.
for A. M. Juster
Concupiscent, the fireflies cruise
With intermittent lust they blaze
One temptress sucks a tourist in
Somehow their incandescent dance
Complacently we watch them glow
by X.J. Kennedy
X.J. Kennedy has written poetry, children's verse, and fiction as well as text-books in writing and literature. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Tufts University, Wellesley College, the University of California-Irvine, and Leeds University. He now lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife and sometime coauthor, Dorothy M. Kennedy.
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