|From her vantage, the man was taller than the hill, taller than the bare basswood, taller than the ruined forge that served as backdrop in the dying light. He stood in a field of frozen feral hops, unaware, shivering. The|
Four years after burying the cat she decided to dig it up.
The gardening spade used to plant flowers along the porch,
she would dig with that. Surely the skeleton would tell her
something, but if it didn’t, …
Now into the chicken coop comes a sea
To soak the hay To float the Araucanas
down to Clifta Creek Into the skull of the buck
a face of caves swinging from a pine
Now into beetle husks inside dead…
The first animal to orbit the earth
Was picked from the streets of Moscow
Where it strayed in harshest conditions imaginable.
Yet it is not hard to imagine the animal imprisoned
In a vehicle floating in the freest space we …
The birds sing in our words
the animals howl
the storms thunder
the trees are chopped down…
Its echo travels with the wind,
it foams on the waters,
it turns to mist over the earth…
So is it done,
Sensing me in the doorway, my mother wakes with a start.
Am I having another heart attack, she asks.
I can’t remember where I’m supposed to be.
You’ve been asleep a long time, I say.
The shape of her face, …
He wanted his scattered
on the Outer Banks, where
I wandered one summer
past him naked in bed
with a woman, the two of them
sunburnt except for cutouts
of swim trunks and bikini,
the curtains’ inebriated sway,
a barely …
Everything I say sounds like spaghetti
On a white shirt
Or Picasso reading a Robert Frost
Porno—all the words
I say from the way
You look at me
And think of falling
Or going to Virginia
And taking the kids…
My father did not have to be his father. I was lucky he chose to be his son. He taught me how to be his father and my own. He taught me sapience, song & dance and to love my …
Now that I am idle, idle conversation is prayer. I look for love in hiding: even the unspoken I fill with the wish for love like the grey cheese we smear on cracks. Someone needs to spackle my mind before …