Spr/Sum 04

On Collecting Folk Art


I remained a man of

unknown dialects
as a six time homeless man
with hellish

graduate degrees . . .

it seemed the logical thing—
In just the same as thousands

I spent
to save myself;

yet remained unsavable—

the silence produced in
the complete knowledge

of becoming nameless—


William E. Dudley received his MA in Information Science from the University of Arizona and has poetry published or arriving in Hayden's Ferry, Painted Bride Quarterly, & New York Quarterly. He recently studied with Norman Dubie—was homeless.