Recently, going about daily errands, I came across an ad, on social media and on the radio, for a diet program improbably called noom.
Half a century ago in the sixties, in my minimalist phase as a poet, I came up with a one-word poem: noom. It was published that year, alone on a page in outsize type, in John Perreault’s little magazine, Elephant. It also appears in my poetry collection The Rest (1971). When Complete Minimal Poems (which includes noom) was published in 2007, followed by a rave in the New York Times Book Review, it went through four printings and was honored with the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams award.