Interview in First Person
- Who am I? I am a friend of mine.
- What am I doing here? I am listening
- at Juanita’s in El Veranto.
- How am I? This is New Year’s Eve;
- I’m feeling out, because I am out;
- I’m hanging out until next year.
- Why am I so curious? I’ve never been here before.
- There’s no panecea for the past.
- No one is talking to me, and I came here alone.
- How do I know all the answers?
- What makes me think I’m so important?
- My nose, which tells me
- that what other people are doing
- makes more sense.
Interview with Second Person
- Who are you? Second Person, singular.
- Who are you? Who you are.
- What are you writing? I’m OK.
- What are you writing? What you are writing.
- How are you? With a pen or a typewriter.
- How are you? God made me ambivalent.
- Why are you writing? I don’t know what to say.
- Why are you writing? I’m not, you are.
Interview of Third Person
- Who is she? She knows a man in the band,
- and she looks very young and pretty,
- although she said she graduated
- from high school in 1960 in New Orleans.
- I said this place is like a River Queen,
- and she kissed me after auld lang syne.
- What was I thinking of? I wasn’t doing anything.
- She sat down and began talking with me.
- She asked me what I was writing.
- Why did she do that? Pamela, she said.
1 January 1975