Brethren

Notice
the Pope’s
white skin beneath the red velvet robe.
Contemplate the thin papery silhouette

Two Poems

in five miles hail becomes sunlight
in one week wood becomes bees
80 years tween first and last breaths
parts of lungs never visited

News From North Country

News From North Country   The bright-eyed buxom broadcaster in thick makeup her mother never quite taught her to brush on correctly suddenly engulfs and swallows …

Tough Luck

I Curse Thee While standing on your head. Like peanut butter. From Carlsbad Cavern. I curse thee in milk. By the string of the …

A Small Grief & Other Poems

­­­­Peccadillo The church bells ring each hour precisely three minutes too soon, and everyone in town shrugs off that resounding, persistent defect, performs the …

Paisley

I forgot all about that photo. Darkrooming away, and you suddenly upghosted through the developer bath. I apologize. Nobody should have to drown twice.

Ann’s Visit

Too much August; it must be parceled night by night ingested in slippery hours. Outside the theater we find ourselves lost, wander into the …

Modern Metaphysics

Avihs || Vishnu Mornings || they disperse || beyond || the corn Fields, || separately. ||Sunday She || throws Her partner’s computer || (midnight) …

Mother Tongue

Folds in an ancient fuselage orchestrate an arrangement of accents. Each accent is an accident. A moist white shirt like a waiting moon sways …

Jazzy

Curls are brass like a trumpet, you eye me with the snare of your iris, I watch as Coral roars with the twenties, she …

Storm Flight

How disappointed the first flyers must have been to finally rise above the feathery white heavens and not find themselves surrounded by angels        but …

Water Harp

1 At the window, last night’s words, ashen Against the glass Black petals in the vase, delicate As the hour fading from us Their …

Four Poems

Miss Dolly Bumfrey We bear Muscat To your sick by traction. Making headway at that driving test Was the needles up-and-up. Annihilating two easy-natured …

from Broken Glosa

Rae Armantrout: I put a glose on you Habitat-themed enclosure. Zen-inflected mug. Around the block dogs bark at absence.   Habitat (entire poem) ― …

Milton’s Well etc.

Milton’s Well Predestination stopped her on the road, speeding in some overcommitment, racing impetuous down green skylines, pushing the envelope of the just-possible. On …

For Fred etc.

For Fred (Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2004) We miss you, Mr. Rodgers. You told us straight. You were not purple Mr. Rodgers, not an …

Pieta, Detroit

Pieta, Detroit He’d been dead an hour when she came, Ambulance waiting, no hurry now. Her oldest boy. She cradled him, Lifeless, nothing like …

Advent

Advent (The Song of Aldan) I stand with the trees, as they wait for the rain. I dance with their leaves, as they breathe …

Juan

i. Picture Seville, prudent with orange-groves. The sun plays like a gnossienne beneath the trees, a tormented harlequin writhing on the fine soil. The …

Five Poems

Eight Months On Time, tidewater near, headlong has ripened you to this glowing fullness, clumsy in dormant love. Nothing can take you back to …

The Azizam Poems

the trembling that day in iran you weighed a honeydew’s weight when you first took thick milk from your dune-gold mother, purblind with sucking, …

Three Poems

TWAS it was was a translucid partition between the consciousness here below: forfeiting all things-light she goes back over the world of the world …

Two Poems

Map of America trace the pacific coast with your hand feel the moisture on your fingertips crossing the Missouri the storms off the gulf …

Lowe’s Cabins

We’d recommend them to anyone— As nice, but pricy (which is a lie)— Took our breakfast on the Lowes’ Ephesian patio by that pool …

Ex Cathedra

Beyond St Catherine’s Hill, the long chalice of river sluices through the city, canals Romans cut dividing the Itchen into die-straight races. Surrounding the …

The Asylum Fields

All the itinerant shadows of a man’s quiet hope dissected and his guts laid open for the crows. But see the place: varicose, unmaintained, …