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Why I'm an Expressive Abstractionist

Richard Price

Because everyone is

Because America does not need me

Because America has not yet Earned My Love


Because I'm fond of the decorative arts

even endpapers


Because I love faces

in general

in particular


Because Hélion Before

is better after After


Because nobody is


Because I'm also as it were

an Abstract Expressionist


Because dribble's better than drivel

but still dreadfully drab


Because Apollinaire

made the first moon landing


Because beach buggies

are just dinky




of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

From Angel Exhaust 16, January 1999