Winter 02


Haldeman & Erlichman




Very few people remember Haldeman & Erlichman, and even fewer know which is which. Which goes to show that even infamy is fleeting. "Haldeman & Erlichman . . ." people say, "Haldeman & Erlichman. One of them is dead. I'm sure of that. Maybe both of them are dead." Haldeman & Erlichman, one the lesser known of those comedy teams that include Burns and Allen, Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis, Hamilton and Burr. Haldeman & Erlichman still play carnivals and county fairs in places like Keokuck or Kokomo. They sing, they do magic tricks. "Hi! I'm Haldeman!" "I'm Erlichman! One of us has a crewcut." "Can you guess which one?"


Louis Jenkins lives in Duluth, Minnesota. His poems have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including Kenyon Review, Paris Review and American Poetry Review. His books of poetry include An Almost Human Gesture (Eighties Press and Ally Press, 1987), All Tangled Up With the Living (Nineties Press, 1991), Nice Fish: New and Selected Prose Poems (Holy Cow! Press, 1995, Just Above Water (Holy Cow! Press, 1997) and The Winter Road (Holy Cow! Press, 2000. Two of his prose poems were published in The Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribner, 1999)