by George Green

His cowboy Hamlet death scenes are the best.
He flops, jerks, and blabs beseechingly,
then flops, imploringly, and dies. John Wayne,
even, is stunned by so much hamminess.
(He kills him twice: True Grit and Katie Elder.)
Now Dennis sells investments on TV
blabbing away to boomers who have bucks
enough to golf all day, enough to die
of boredom in the sun. Dennis is cool, though,
and still the hippest actor on the scene.
A poet and a painter, and, what’s more,
a recognized authority on Andy.


SOURCE: “Warhol Portraits: Dennis Hopper” appears in George Green‘s collection Lord Byron’s Foot, available at Amazon.com.  Lord Byron’s Foot is the 12th winner of the annual New Criterion Poetry Prize — recognized as one of the foremost contemporary venues for poetry that pays close attention to form.

IMAGE: “Dennis Hopper” by Andy Warhol, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 40×40″ (1971).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George Green‘s poems have appeared in various journals and in the anthologies Poetry 180, 180 More Poems, The Best American Poetry 2005 and 2006, Bright Wings: An illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. He teaches at Lehman College, CUNY, in the Bronx.