poetic language issue three spring 2004
I Filled My Pockets with Gingerbread and Apples
to beneath starlight polarized, and an excellent sermon on the space between concentric spheres. Is not this to connect a thought with its antipodes?
I supposed him to be the Pole Star sermonizing on humility. Are we not good fellow creatures? I was not so devout as he assumed. That mine is a tragical view of the Universe he set out on purpose to teach me.
Understood. In any case, the result was gallant. In the light of his mazes and muttering, but for my hum-strum wickedness I should think excellently well on my own.
My present life is, well . . . light does fall but it falls very little on me. This Sunday morning originated in Sun, in law and caprice that extend into space near a further star—what intercepts the light then, and preserves a mediocrity? How could such estimation though it is chimerical, bear to sit even one moment alone?
The odd nebula jolts the revised machine, renders the hurdy-gurdy religious. Yes, renders even it, refuse of celestial mechanics.
The insides of walls contain such secrets.
is hidden that wants to come
One day I simply realized that I existed.
coming out of the core
oil and judah juice—I don't complain,
Cortney L. Bledsoe
The Pig's Soliloquy
is what we're letting them take from us,
and the ability to spell our names.
Steven J. Stewart
My Eternal Soul
carries the box
even the ice disappears
boy, little box
on popsicle sticks
want to set fire
of moon, wave by moving
adults now, its a job
birds are soaring over foothills
dreamt u were a car
is laundry, body vegetables
dream in the fog to dream in the fog
sounds in the mirror
inside the circle like this
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have gathered in deserts
for a final call
could ask one
Plans frustrated economic
Took vocabulary from Time, Life and National Geographic
a team of rock climbers traversing cliffs for a mile down the river
canyon in hopes
"It’s shocking that you cannot defend yourself in the workplace without risking your job"
Pushed hard for exemption with one of the best-kept secrets in the country
Food for thought became difficult passing security
A series of small grunts gave way to a plastic light box sensor
A set of keys to the perimeter fence and several offices vanished in an incident that was not reported
Rauschenberg perhaps worried about support for a flexible style
Partners in still-frame weaving through the corridors of a busy urban hospital
"Thanks to you we are slowly learning how deep this wound is"
Raised to ignore or spoil a windswept shadowy terrain
Alternative construed as primitive among students of the revolution
Made spontaneous while staring at a blank sheet of paper for five hours
The man is part historian, part collector and part chronic bully
Straight line won’t change what happened to the carbon copy
Temper after grassroots movement gained momentum
Budget exclusive nationwide counterfeit
Preserve clock tower by removing clock
See the flash but hear nothing
Under wishful impression stand corrected
Danger from years of neglect brushed aside
Intelligence falsely accused switching yard
"I want to meet dedicated people and find out what they know, what I should be reading"
On a nearby bench discuss weekend that wouldn’t come off
Loaded children into shopping cart as news of the invasion spread
Focus on moral dilemma seeking asylum
Scorch observatory complex using hand-held torches
Obtain freedom at any price you don’t recognize
Go the distance overwhelming evidence
Weather clear land to crowd purchase
Your name in real time scattered imaginary
My advice the cascade takes for granted
If then backward yawning souvenir
John M. Bennett
Moms (A Haiku)
Thomas Lowe Taylor
Day of Memory
poked aside parted the ways slimmer rapunto schemed aside another
Disappearing tunes, tombs, remoted thrusters tested in their own
But the afternoon seemed sentenced itself into the further silences
Reliner hout. The smooth of yr eyes no doubt mirror from what's
But you'd held behind boy-sized implements for change chided helde
Your own blue cars returned me to presence, an instinct or a passage,
The well point from this—wallpaper bits and chooses—no smirk
What would go behind shadows in their own complexity left alone to
It was the referential quality to what was said unsaid encounters go
soundings reunite other and same to some eternal stillness
The floated scrim somehow unbetided spin sinkers spinsters sinking
saying the simpler implications love's handle twinging spins
Newer lights descry wisdom its attributed calm in favor of less
Interpolated into Blacksmithy, horser of shoes, where she'd split
The soldiers at their dues receive no welcome tents their innocence
much lost that was still unknown, perhaps an actual sense of what
Therafused nostalgic gloom lifts to shower shoures on her soote.
Pure juice the mover in your own arcing triumph kneeling harks some
From some hinter plausitude, next hiddenous, but held & firm.
Ant colonials' big-league play astounds shivers the back your name and
Sheila E. Murphy
name Hazel turned
the quick river
William James Austin
someone must pay for the privilege.
it gets done between bed sheets
white sails cluster
nothing is easy.
from The Practices
pine tree doesn't love me,
once in my life I'll be honest.
* * *
along the banks of the river, in the park
candy, exposed bellies. Old pilots roam the fairground,
* * *
going insane, sending curses to his friends,
afraid the barber is trying to kill you. You're
* * *
pride were possible. All these writers shuffling down grocery
possible it would not come in the forms you imagine. Light.
Thin cool air.
* * *
cut off the hands of a man named Mohammed Sasey.
are the hands of Mohammed Sasey of Sierra Leone?
* * *
missed the house on Court Street, its crummy wallpaper
the perfectly private backyard and have a long hot piss.
* * *
was chopping wood when your letter arrived. "Come, come,
left her desiccated, illiterate husband. Her seven children.
promontories preakness cables
embossed the fury of bloodlit tomes
testimonials heat vacant lepidoptera
resolutions perfect intransigence
from THE SKY
My balls burn into my thighs.
little eyes are hooks they see me. Watching may
and Lucy wander the neighborhood with wax lips.
stayed awake the duration of my life. Reams of earth
know a sound you walk on. Bow to the instrument
I think are mostly, air,
pushed me away pushed me away pushed me away. I
Cupping wind. And their serrations. Is an urge
of the smallest water
across from, tousled,
no relief of tension
then, to vapor with ropes
enough not to be able to
nothing between themselves,
a cellar requiem
turbulence in the masthead
on the quarter deck
we had no idea
I was sent to
the radio blinking out
last night my buddy says to me
hands work the weapon.
its the rhythm
and you wait again.
the place was full of bankers.
sits leaned against the house
pledge allegiance to the real,
the books are covered with stains
Call it death camp.
Sackcloth and ashes.
meat and paralysis.
The soil is fresh turned but almost dust.
Gasoline and buoyant eyes.
for Ivan Argüelles
serpent in the feedlot
is a chemical
There is no center.
around these fragments,
eratio poetic language issue three, spring 2004, edited by gregory vincent st. thomasino.