Cute

“… the cute and loving appreciation of my book and me by them in Australia has gone right to my heart.”
—Walt Whitman, writing to Bernard O’Dowd

This poem was first published online in Blackbox Manifold (UK) and later in print in Best Australian Poems (Black Inc, 2011).

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i wish to specifically send remembrances & love to you
& how is your mother bernard is she well? i do hope so

(tho i've never met her or your good self nevertheless
send her my regards & fred woods is well? i do hope 

the bruise heals soon (tho what happened i can't tell 
& young jim hartigan is he likewise well? i do hope so 

but please do send him my best regards & the solution 
to this week's crossword is enclosed ada i do hope she's

well you speak so highly of her now don't go jumping to 
conclusions bernard i can only go by what you tell meh

about your bowel movements bernard are they regular
i pray so for you know my views on this issue prunes &

buttermilk (enough said eva i presume she's well oh 
i hope so & as i know oh she's very cute in that photo

you mentioned enclosing never did arrive unfortunately 
still i see her pretty well from here & very cute she is 

& her parents mr & mrs fryer are both cute i hope so 
please also kindly pass on to dear mr fryer my sincere

congratulations on winning the bridge tournament &
don't ask how i know! tell ted he's wanted in several

states over here (i'm sure he'll get the joke it's private 
i don't recall who louie is but please send him or her

fond salutations & finally tom touchstone who i can't
place (no i'm getting nothing but suppose & hope he 

is well i guess that's all but also to other friends not 
named e.g. pet cats the milkman (oh he is a cute one

O hai, you were saying?