Excerpt from

Parody of William's "This Is Just To Say"


I would like to thank you
for the plums that were
in the ice-box, but
I'm afraid I just can't



Ed Dorn at the Electronic Poetry Center.

Edward Dorn at Poetry Foundation

Appraisal of Ed Dorn at Bookslut

“I don't see poetry today talking about anything at all," he said in a 1984 talk in Detroit. “When it purports to talk about something, it’s talking about the extremely questionable ideas, if such things can be attributed, of various writers who will remain forever adolescent and novice and who have no real interest in the language. They have a kind of interest in a kind of linguistic leeching which has come to be called Language.”


Five poems