Not in the Margins, But (snugly) in the Kerning by Stephen Bett

Poet title: Not in the Margins, But (snugly) in the Kerning
Poem title: Stephen Bett
Poem: I’ll l’ight the fire
You place the flow’ers in the vase
(dude crude lewd... 
chick bailiwick shtick)
La-la, la-la-la-la-la

Come to me now (come to me now)
And rest your head for just five minutes
Such a cozy room (such a cozy room)

Y’all CSN  Young cool coots
unkerned it’s N  Y corduroyed off the sill
cozy, cozy       insistent! (in Creel voice)
infra-aged, in that lil’ split second

Our mouse is a very, very, very fine mouse (very fine mouse)
With two cats [bats, rats] in the yard
Life used to be so h’ard
For you “a fluent” faux-freak (zed-head?)
... some kerning & tracking for sure

La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la
I (’n) sip it (lol-lol)
if U kern t’ do id

Catchy as catchy can
(aka, rasslin’ w/ Picabia)
coddled catch, all holds bar
two half-C’s on

Snug as a bug in smug
a mis-kerning? *

*Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Our House”; Marjorie Perloff’s advance praise for derek beaulieu’s VisPo work in his Surface Tension: db’s “poetry of difference, chance, and eruption? Marcel Duchamp would have called it the poetry of infrathin” (my emphasis); one of beaulieu’s poetics’ statements: “Write not just in the margins, but in the kerning”; Creeley’s “Some Place” (“had I, had / I, insistent”);  “Catch as Catch Can”: a late 19th C wrestling phrase used as the title of a 1913 Francis Picabia painting
End of poem.
Credits and bio: Copyright © Stephen Bett
Stephen Bett is a widely and internationally published Canadian poet with 25 books in print. His personal papers are archived in the “Contemporary Literature Collection” at Simon Fraser University. His website is