Charles Bernstein 
Rivulets of the Dead Jew*

Fill my plate with boudin noir

Boudin noir, boudin noir
Fill my plate with a hi-heh-ho
& rumble I will go

Don't dance with me
’til I cut my tie
Cut my tie, cut my tie
Don't fancy me ’til
The rivers run dry
& a heh & a hi & a ho

I've got a date with a
Bumble bee, bumble bee
I've got a date with a
wee bonnie wee
& ahurtling we will go


*Forthcoming in All the Whiskey in Heaven, Selected Poems of Charles Bernstein, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

  Charles Bernstein is author of All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010), Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Factory School, 2008); and Girly Man (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and My Way: Speeches and Poems (Chicago, 1999). He is Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. More info at
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