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Allen Ginsberg - Sphincter

I hope my good old asshole holds out
60 years it's been mostly OK
Tho in Bolivia a fissure operation
     survived the altiplano hospital-- 
a little blood, no polyps, occasionally
a small hemorrhoid
active, eager, receptive to phallus
     coke bottle, candle, carrot
     banana & fingers -
Now AIDS makes it shy, but still
     eager to serve -
out with the dumps, in with the condom'd
     orgasmic friend -
still rubbery muscular,
unashamed wide open for joy
But another 20 years who knows,
     old folks got troubles everywhere - 
necks, prostates, stomachs, joints--
     Hope the old hole stays young
     till death, relax

                                        March 15, 1986, 1:00 PM

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Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: Sphincter
Volume: Cosmopolitan Greetings
Year: Published/Written in 1986
Poem of the Day: Oct 17 2014

Comment 3 of 3, added on December 21st, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

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Comment 2 of 3, added on March 23rd, 2011 at 4:03 AM.
good poem

well, i think Ginsberg wants to talk about his experience as a homosexual. Thus, he is very proud of what he was doing as a gay and i beleive he is sad because his asshole is not nice as it was in childhood. So, the poet wishes that his asshole would be as before. Plus, i think he feels sorry because people are not homosexual because they are afraid if AIDS. However, for him he is still eager to be homosexual even if AIDS will lead to his death.

S. A.M. from Jordan
Comment 1 of 3, added on November 9th, 2006 at 7:00 PM.

I don't know anything about Ginsberg yet. I'll have to read about him, but it appears he was gay??? If this is autobiographical, then not too bad, ok I guess, but if he wrote thise outside of himself, then awesome. It seems to me autobiographical works are easier.

Shelley Fruiterer from United States

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