• The Matador of Metaphor

    The grapefruit in the Florida orchard
    has ripened into a globe in Hartford
    for him to look at, not to eat.
    If he had a tin can he would beat... more »

  • The Shield Of A Greeting

    for J.A., December 3, 1975

    Ashes that survive the aftermath of fire... more »

  • To Psyche

    The longer I stare the lovelier
    you look in my eyes (so made such
    mirrors and spies) and I'm not done
    yet as I enumerate the virtues... more »

  • To The Author Of Glare

    There comes a time when the story turns into twenty
    different stories and soon after that he academy of shadows
    retreats to the cave of a solitary boy in a thriving... more »

  • To William Holden

    (July 15)

    We know who
    the guards are... more »

  • Twelfth Night

    His first infidelity was a mistake, but not as big
    As her false pregnancy. Later, the boy found out

    He was born three months earlier than the date... more »

  • When A Woman Loves A Man

    When she says Margarita she means Daiquiri.
    When she says quixotic she means mercurial.
    And when she says, "I'll never speak to you again,"
    she means, "Put your arms around me from behind... more »

  • With Tenure

    If Ezra Pound were alive today
    (and he is)
    he'd be teaching
    at a small college in the Pacific Northwest... more »

  • Wittgenstein's Ladder

    "My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way:
    anyone who understands them eventually recognizes them as
    nonsensical, when he has used them -- as steps -- to climb
    up beyond them. (He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder... more »