say sheaths. Perhaps Narcissus. I go to pick up my typewriter, the smell of clean oil, it's raining, a few intermittent drops a Sidney Greenstreet could walk between. Yesterday I drove the Interstate to see Beulah, in the Lutheran rest home: "They're driving me bananas." What enigma-- dame, woman, babe, lady, commuter, brave shotgun rider […]
“If prose is a house, poetry is a man on fire running quite fast through it.”
Let's take a Road Trip
along ambush alley
where the bushes are on fire
An ongoing collection of poems against the impending war in Iraq "SEVEN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS AT MEMORIALIZING THOSE KILLED IN ACTION" by Phil Vassallo 1. Nothing but the darkness hears the dying soldiers lying on the landscape crying for their mothers. 2. The skies collapse on ruptured earth. Survivors count the casualties. 3. Floodlights guide the
The next table must be talking about Bushy's State of the Union last night-- "the Joint Chiefs even jumped up and down" * the arbitrary spur of excitement * Academic Lunch Women have more subtle antennae . I'm "working" on my salad greens. Not even a glance at her ambiguous ring finger alerts
"Yesterday, we had a nice brick house and four vehicles.
Today, we don't own a toothbrush."
Mossy Grove, Tennessee
I pull at my husband's arm
as if that tug will tether
a strand of my hair to a braid.
The Lost Boys removed
from the coffin's lip like
tea cups stuck to a saucer
With folded hands but answerless.
The spark is a good dog. Giuseppe sucks! It is well trained. It heels. Architects call electricians sparkies, They do what Giuseppe tells them! The wall cannot be broken by a fist. Giuseppe sucks! It is a solid thing. It contains. Architects call bricklayers brickies. They do what Giuseppe tells them! The shower has good
To zap the demons of attachment you told your premature mourners to place your corpse on a table strewn with frozen raspberries * Today is July 18, 2002, and the last time I sat in Boulder was summer 1975-- you arrived, and I was reading your novels & poems and saw no more need to