From Poetry

Eating Bread is Wooden Ships Crashing on the Shore 

There is a dial tone in the mirror. In a single room, blue invents a forest, and when the light arrives, it arrives like milk, without origin—white rain erasing fliers on a phone-pole.   Milk is the ranger, transducted through the forest’s million acres, emerging on the other side as a pencil. Milk is a bookmark. Milk reminds you of the sound foreign coins make in your pocket, and gladly, you are near. Milk has a weight in the mouth like a tuba has in the ear, and the chest which is the ear’s private amphitheater.   The moonlit pond…

Exeter Book Riddle #47: The Book-Moth

Original Old English: Moððe word fræt.        Me þæt þuhte wrætlicu wyrd,        þa ic þæt wundor gefrægn, þæt se wyrm forswealg        wera gied sumes, þeof in þystro,        þrymfæstne cwide ond þæs strangan staþol.        Stælgiest ne wæs wihte þy gleawra,        þe he þam wordum swealg.   English Translation: A moth made feast of words.        I thought that…

Thinking of a Friend at Night

Early in this evil year comes autumn. I walk in the fields at night, the cold wind at my hat, the rain rattles…And you? And you, my friend?   You are standing—perhaps—and scanning the sickle-moon vault over forests in its little arcing bends and bivouac fire, red in the jet-black valley. You are sprawling—perhaps—in a field of straw, sleeping, and soft dew falls on your forehead, your armor of a war-jacket.   You could be on horseback tonight, stationed at the outpost, peering out, gun in fist, whispering to your horse, stroking away its fatigue… Perhaps—I think—you are spending the…

Affettuoso (After Caravaggio)

Watcher – this, your face pink-cheeked with abandon. This your hidden, thrumming hand. This, your wine-shadowed longing draped over his shoulders, laid flush against the petal white expanse of his chest – penetrable. Press it and he’ll bruise. Paint it and you’ll wound him beyond repair. Render the translucent skin of his throat in pigment, apple flesh, immutable. You have left so many places to sink your teeth. Consecrate his vulnerability in the sanctum of memory. Dust, not age, will pool in the hollow of his clavicle, that place where you once rested your callous hands, your long fingers drawing…

An aubade (UH4 LHR-IAH)

We must not speak now of etherized spread- eagle evenings fading skin histories from violent to -et to rose-risen blush. We must not rush now past the wee hours of waiting on fronted news, the foreplay tense, the hot slit in a letter, the shriek. I have never treasured the fingerprint sonic resonances of a snore. We shall not sever hydra stalks for fear of fresh blooms: already one says: “mankind cannot bear very much reality (wink here)”; next head: “bet you were a difficult child”; the next: “getting so drunk is a waste of my time, the college’s time,…

Ed’s Story

  Ed owns the road. I don’t. And he does the hard work. You can tell that by the cracks in his hands. He looks fearsome if you don’t know him with those pitted cheeks and hard stone eyes. He’s fearsome even if you do know him.   The title to that stretch of asphalt, route 87, is held by Ed when he grips the wheel of his old pickup, cranks it up to high gear, and rattles and rocks and farts his way to the next job.   He works for no one but himself, takes no shit from…

Poetry: “San Francisco (1956)”

  San Francisco (1956) woman, child of narcotic sleep, woman, two hands holding the slippery, deserter sea. she’s going to another horizon, she’s leaving; it’s just like a failsafe lover, betraying what was never had and was doomed anyway to weary half-contented slumber, to puncture the calendar. I was echo-chamber dissent. no one else dissented,…

Poetry: “Fall (SpaceShipTwo)”

I am nine miles above you and falling fast once iron groans and peels away from me and strapped   to this rock I am birthed too heavy   there is no air up here and slammed, gut compressed to spine I could not breathe anyway   but for a feather I would still be…