Putting a Contract In Front of a Poet
First you must put lunch in front
Of the poet, because the poet has not
Eaten since the invention of the cuneiform,
Then you must assure the poet the pen
Is not a novelty gag that will explode
In his hand, or spray a jet
Of India ink onto his highly collectible
Welcome Back, Kotter T-shirt.
Finally comes the hardest part of the process:
Seizing that booby-trapped writing instrument
And affirming to the Universe that you
Are the sucker who has entered into a binding
Contract with a poet.