1 cup pecans, and yes, perhaps you're right.
i wave away at nothing.
though i've sympathies that plagiarize
their every eye-bright neuron,
you cannot even be a ghost
if first you don't amass in space;
1 cup sugar, i give up all maternal knowledge.
feed her goddamn cookies in the morning
and tell me how we'll raise messiahs
from rosette martyrs in our driftwood genes;
½ cup Karo syrup, there is a grain, a liræ to skies
that pull our empty animus. we're river rocks that turn in floods,
the lungs of dirt have issued from their deep sepulchres,
these pipe-iron suns
to your thirsty horde
of bright red anthems;
3 eggs, i've been a borrower, i know this now,
time and blood,
and if the hungry fauns will come and overrun
our great design,
i'll raise my arms like some damn fool and scream
"oh, won't you train your dots
on this dark spot, on this blue soul!"
2 tablespoons butter, renounce your bankmen,
desert your myths, deny all raptures and calamities
. . . marry him.. . . marry him.3 years ago in The Great Valentine Exchange More Like This
he will gleam like photons
tangled in sheer joy.
where i harvest dead localities,
he will sheath the touchstone nerve.
his voice will soothe great quandaries
like growling cicadas solve summer nights.
his eyes will break into blessed anointments.
his lips will pierce the frighteners
and spill their silver antidotes -
a cure for every blasphemy,
a pardon for every criminal.
remember who he was,
a mystic lisping empathy
for pure, unbottled moments,
a silence worming through bicycle wind,
a gender scribbled on a brainstorm,
the flashing of satori
in the scatter-shooting cosmos,
a wonderer, wondrous
with no guilty body,
a boy's fond familiar
who keeps a tail feather of god
stuffed in a bag of beetle legs
and cats eye marble galaxies.
i suppose i was never
the one who was meant to apron you,
to feed the thirsty virginities
that open up
beneath your womb. . .
i'm not the one to paper you
with sanctuaries and closet troves,
low Tlow T2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
i'm too soft and rotten
sacred blood oaths,
or thresholds; a frozen inch of face
the same as light years, oceans,
i'd rather brush my mind with pills
and stick these artifacts of wealth
hard inside your origins
and keep the grass
pentadactylismpentadactylism3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and in so doing
you deign to make
some unknighted landfall
in a mime
of an irreversible
all this time
when we’ve gathered up the last
of roadworthy flowers,
touched our final
in the skull
on leaving . . .
we’re still together
hungering in underboards
dog-fed on blood slivers, whiplash and improvidence.
do we pick at moments
to unlock their gnashing
i have no reason for what i want
just . . . be my collaborateur
be everything that is outlying and forbidden
the cavus which cannot bear the weight of waterweeds
and i promise to keep you
ever since our funeral
in that godless hollow
of a mind
beneathbeneath2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
it goes without saying:
the air that settles
on your chest
the language of your local fruit
the swirl of rind
their glyphs and runes
like sun-bent cheeks
and creatured time
that sleeps between us.
i needn't tell you anything
or speak my way inside of you
you've doctored in all my aspirations
your furious dreams' wild successions
no longer carry
i am written
ParamnesiaI've tasted the richness and emptinessParamnesia2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Hacked my way through abstract forests,
Somehow it all made sense.
A scene gets deleted,
I'm looking out and watching myself
Walk backwards like a Hollywood ghoul:
I hear you say,
"Only hummingbirds can fly that way".
You are binding stars to everything,
You tell me it is sunlight catching on dust
My self-taught body can utilise these fictions:
Irrational numbers which bend in arm-crooks,
Closing eye beams, who shrivel fjords
And shutter planets;
A wicked, living dissolution (without a will,
Defeats the twin which light has dreamed . . .
And now un-dreams.
I watch the untold eloquence of mind (we thought it chaos,
But it was freedom!)
The fonts and titles, the smiling spectres
Cataloged in gravities
Are now, themselves, in repossession.
Starting where we finished,
Humming backwards to the sun.
dead1.dead2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
i hear these words
and something happens
in the yard;
it doesn't fit
i see it squeeze
into the slits
beneath your shirt.
i feel it fly the smooth
from off your back. it turns
and hides behind the acres,
of jagged rooftops,
kept far and safe
has left the limb
as light would leave
i’m staring into its absence
and some new kind of animal is made;
its reversal is alive.
it doesn't move or breathe.
the park is wintered over, and i don’t go.
are all gone.
and when they do come back, they never change
from birth to birth,
a clan of inbred
with felt umbrella
that don’t remember
who i was.
one last thought of your last thought
and all the rest become their graves.
nothing i remember, now
will reach the earth.
i have no bottom ground,
the narrow knots of wood
that span and hoard and cup my self
are laughing into holes;
(it is not a dream if it is everyday)i no longer have the gall(it is not a dream if it is everyday)2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
to write letters to my universe.
it’s stony quiet,
it’s possum eyes in headlights,
in Victrola dust.
some tireless pamphleteer
has wrecked this room
with motorized felicity!
there must be
one bill for every breath,
and now, i see
you are the same.
you’re no magic
planet. i will
some time tomorrow,
mid morning, when the bugs have died,
and drive to work
and i won’t think
that ever came
before that sun.
i’ll trade in shibboleths
and type in pointy letters
these sharp assessments
of fallacies and
that fringe our fates
like breached reactors,
off of old yucca
and they’ll pay me well
and you won’t hear me,
PositiveLeft to me, your worst historian,Positive2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
to pick up, in a daze, some depth of diction
I never found while you had lived
and I can only now pretend that words are capsules
of sanguinity, that they’ll unmask the symbologies
of sound that bore your binaries to their realms
like sacred dreams of Hypnos.
Regret’s a simple word.
I always thought of "A Separate Peace", and in those scenes
you were this Mozart in the rough, a perfect chord, one
which I would meekly channel through cracks of light
shown through the fist of my own interference,
Why this wisdom, now?
The cosmic clown who wrote this song
does not annotate our endings with an epilogue.
I do not see the irony in celebrating
your new found space.
There is no iconicity,
no special shape
that serves the world
as you did serve,
to bend and writhe the streets
into a wellspring, a circuitr
Ice StormBefore I knew of beingIce Storm1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
I sought the easy gladness
of working in the yard
I put on leather gloves
and fed my fingers to the cold
I spent hours arranging wounds of a willow
bowed and dismembered from radials of weighty ice
I dreamt in the belly of winters
of the slow advance of our separation
all in naked sight of the epitaph of the universe.
After I knew of being
I still do these things.
stay pretty, glass universestay pretty, glass universe3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
No one must see you
like they do.
in the starlit
the one which has polemicized
is the shape of this world,
should never lay naked
for their vain
Their nonplussing fingers
will murder you.
in my glass
chokechoke4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I've added nothing to [your] nothing;
the complexus came complete.
For all this pathic humming,
one hundred watts,
a pyre of withering
to the clock-lyric,
for hungry dream theorists,
i'm no more solid than a fist of pure thought,
a bleak syrup folding across the eye-burn brilliance
of the real and actual Cynosure;
I've dug through miles of experimental gist
for the throat in your song,
diving for the chromosphere of the Precedent Star
where breath first meets with broken phantasma,
where I was given semblance
by the moth eaten coverlet.
My amygdala oracle
should be disallowed from speaking.
She has a sort of prideful spite
of my touch; I need to gag her disbelief,
make her feel the depetaling rapture
of cruciation, something uncontained
by these leaky gourds,
I want to break it open, egg or specter,
it doesn't matter!
There must be freedom for the milk of angry hornets,
the shut-inthe shut-in3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
where are these keyholes to the Equinox? the stars huddle
like alien nettle,
a gray chime of wrens scaling tree limbs and middays,
Darwin has no lines for me
i've sheetrocked the blistering ivies and blossoms.
i've glassed out daubers and frightening mollusks
pillowing through mud honey and minute old ruins.
intimate with my quiet desk, my paper hoard
i'm still a coward; the envelopes, Obama glass, the dozen unused spiral
diaries are menacing concoctions, minotaurs of lost dimensions.
i used to sleep in creek-beds.
RopeWith just another inch of it,Rope4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
let loose, unwound
slack from secret stashes:
There might have been enough
sisal rope or
to tie to you
to keep you close
to form into a noose
(so you might hang around this time.)
RemoteThe pond eyeRemote8 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
drunk with Oklahoma rain
comatose in the yolk
of a centrifuge
is my third
Egrets perch high in sycamores
like leaning lashes.
sickly black oaks
and hold mass at feeder ducts.
Turtles dart beneath the pupil
as cows come blundering
into the inner blue
of a vast
I took offMy day off.I took off2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I stand in sunlight
I can watch it being day.
The mud is soft and cool at home.
I'd bury well without a casket,
I’ll be a naked pill for earth.
I build a garden box from wood,
smash my thumb.
too late for lettuce.
I had a premonition
I would live like this.
No one will remember me.
I’ll forget by Tuesday.
props and sacramentsprops and sacraments3 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
the barista beams like Lakshmi
bearing light and the salve for lonely momentum.
why she smiles as if grace
to any place;
reminds me of Unitarian
a line of tables and wooden props
invent intelligence and teeth.
they seem to scattershoot these Stonehenge sanctuaries
at every breakdown corner,
where they hand out excoriated petals
for the meek, for the wicked, for the anorexic,
and the soul-deprived,
on desperate crusades to find there's something else
they come and sit, find missing space
for awhile, at least.
until the blood wine disappears
and the saviors run stale
and the clock betroths reality
and they fire up the wretchedness machine
and stumble out like highwaymen
on their merry way to ambivalence
or a date with Armageddon.
forget about meforget about me3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
don't listen for it, anymore:
the ugly balladist, the poète maudit
unbosoming his delustrants,
strangulations and subglossal annulments.
i want you to find my secret life, the arrhythmia
of spoondrift oblivions.
open out your palms to me; i'm over-swelling with octonaries, octonaries!
that is where i've been these years,
in the night between kneeholes.
Beauty Ad NauseamCan we step through time and hope she learns thatBeauty Ad Nauseam4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
1. She is her own, and
2. She is, sincerely, only hers.
She finds it funny. She can read and re-read your words until the repetition of it all drains the colors of her lips, and scrapes the gerunds and infinitives from her teeth, but unlike her own, your words are always beautiful.
18 Tornados18 Tornados3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
news of the night:
they're madly searching for fresh acts of God
(or quantum luck) on second floors,
scattered tumblers in trailer parks.
nevermind the great uncertainty
leaning down your neckline,
the untelling weight-hood and period-luminosities
they teach you to ignore in school
until your comfortable derangement
can be seen from a dozen parsecs away
as one more animal armageddon.
why don't our hands,
against our weather?
cardboardcardboard3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
i had ears for the undersea
i had ears for the words
"you are the most beautiful thing
in this world."
(who knows how it happens)
but the amorist is greaseless,
unguessed and gone
a hoary, haunted
howlet spitting antistrophes
above the spatterdock.
go ahead and live me down.
we all pretend
to drown in sera - this
whole entire dimension
and totem hollows
and other things
and other things . . .
souls high kites with holessouls are high kites with holes, the sky is like a crystal ballsouls high kites with holes5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Blue sky harrow:
How lost for adjectives
To break our fast up there
Sugar, tea, and birdsong?
Of course, kites, souls
Curiosities, wind being free
While we, ground strung Gullivers
Flat beneath the
Of the wolcen burnspot
What do I call myself?
My sex deliquesced
An epicene, I'm a lover of honey bees
A curling fern:
We slip around like
In Lilliput ponds.
We dive in as
The tadpoles stop
At the empty
Of an underwater statue-
Arms like levers:
Blackening the coats
And peeling back
Stripping time of
We see the sky
Where it is skyless;
It remains an opal;
In the bowl
Borderline PersonalityBorderline Personality4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I suppose I'm not the man that was promised (you)
demystified from between the ankles, and mothered
in a ritual plot, (still disentangling out of old supplications.)
I guess it's possible that I've no true colour, no hue essential,
and that I've turned to mirror transparencies,
waiting like a guilty prayer for the world to define my golem;
(I had hoped for a pilaster, a nuclear suit to match your aproning).
How do you draw my obsessor from your water glass? Did you file for abuse
or a pedestal? (A glimpse of my father's beard was like this personal Atlas,
the knight in search of famine, quick to martyr, proffering stability like the
drug of Christ, so I know I can go on unchanging for years, answering in rote
and fossilizing gestures.) Are you a bride for the vulnerable? I am an infantile
lobotomist, all I need is a scalpel and a cue! And so, just who is this embellisher
that limns my sadist from blind, atomic lead?
Whatever is out there, needing co
The Bats of SedonaThat nightThe Bats of Sedona9 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
when the black lip
of Arizonian summer
and we watched from the balcony
these bats of Sedona
the both of us
thought them sacred
yarn on their tails
with the colour of the air
into the headdress
of a tree
and from it
the last of the rust red
and a vortex
of soundless antipodes
were blowing back the shroud
to all we did not fathom
but don’t speak of truth - whatever
you people use to
still the wings,
to know of things
I don't mind if they weren't bats
after all - if they were just some common swifts
feasting on the bugs below the condo lamps
i'll always remember
come gods or chaos
had the same
Parasitei spend my days looking out from the shadowsParasite4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
because this is all i was born to know.
i reside within the
written and erased
created and destroyed
that's what you always said they were
i am not abandoned so
i will tear away at your skin
like it is paper
as you bleed out the words
you once thought
were blotted from your mind
you are dying
these words have been written
there's no changing that now
kill me now
before these words become
your last dying breath