"Good Taste Is The Excuse I've Always Given"
Organ meat is sort of like organ music. Great at first, but too much
of it will probably kill you. - Dan Okrent
After an hour's shower he feels flensed,... more »
"Past Present Future"
She reads palms, auras, and Tarot,
And tells her customers such things
They half yearn to hear, seem to know
Already... or what the future brings?... more »
4am Cab Ride
For Matthew Zapruder
You watch the cold bristles and scrawled ghost sheen
Of a full moon on a black bay beside... more »
What is the chance that it would fold like this?
In the silted gutter, edged by gravel,
Flanked by cigarette ends, receipts, and leaves,
A rubber band, very easy to miss,... more »
A Few Drinks And We're All Poets
We'll head out, you and me, have a pint, or
Maybe three, a cool thin ale, like sunlight,
Or a lager, toke the dregs of the day.
We'll catch up, slide down, the barmaid will pour... more »
A Legend About Cats
They made Alexander just a bit tense.
He could rule the world, but not a tabby.
Julius Caesar could bash his way through Gaul
But faint if a lynx pissed near his tents.... more »
A Writer’s Life
A young Napoleon, his hair coursed back, ferine,
Was already, as a lieutenant in the King’s artillery,
Expert in ramrod and shot. Being of lower nobility,
And Corsican into the deal, he considered... more »
After We Escaped The Tombs Of The Blind Dead
We danced gawkily, our soles squishing
Into soggy grass at the top of the hill
In the rainstorm that night, city skyline
A cluster of crystals far off, wishing... more »
All Of You On The Good Earth
For Henry Wessells
Even sci-fi gurus sometimes stumble.
Some small, seemingly obvious details... more »
An Aging Drunk Observes The Blizzard
Inspired by The Drama of the Scharnhorst by Fritz-Otto Busch,1956
I am lonely, of course, hung-over, pale, and fat.
Hairs wash out, slither down, thatch up the shower drain.... more »
Apparition At Moss-Hanne
Ospreys orbit here, ruling as lords
Their drowned domains. We row watercourses
Through miles of lily pads, hoards
Of hemlock, spruce groves, and grim fortresses... more »
The harpooned great white shark heaves onto sand,
Nudged by waves, red cavern of dripping teeth.
A crowd comes. Loud gulls wreathe the booming mist.
Blue flies cloud the fishy sunset, and land.... more »
At The Archaeological Institute Of America's Annual Meeting
O, ungrateful hordes! Archaeologists
Mill through the hotel lobby, like jammed cars,
Clogging doorways, aiming all ways, vaguely
Swerving clots of unflappable classicists.... more »
At The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
The dealers slump in book-lined booths. They send
Sentiments from new iPhones and laptops,
Ignoring the volumes in which they are penned.
Crowds slouch in sandals and shorts, but a few attend... more »
At The Grave Of Thomas Eakins, Late Winter
Woodland Cemetery, Philadelphia
The first visit I failed to find it, where
Commodores and captains lie in brazen... more »
At a touch, the pane of ice jigsaws, cracks
To diamond scatter, hard cold clouds
Clustered against a mountain chain.
One large shard holds its shape, tracks... more »
The gull pulls bags from trash and drags them clear.
He's big as a cat, a blur of snow and soot.
He pokes until debris spills down the pier.
He's clumsy, and somehow he's lost a foot.... more »
Between Sides Seven And Eight Of Die Walküre
STEREO OSA-1509, London, FFrr
The time between a side is like a tide
Of silence between epochs, the stereo... more »
Biglin Brothers Racing
Nimble rowers, their art ancient as war,
Raise their oars and ride gently on dented gold... more »
Broad And Washington
New Year's Day, Mummers
An awkward spin unbends into a strut
As sequined brawlers grin, gavotte, and stray,... more »
Calavera For A Friend
Día de los Muertos
When your heart is scorched out, the unruly world
Will seal around you as a dark ocean... more »
Your bank calls. Events begin to register
Some unwelcome forecast. The dreamy nurses
Switch to Goodfellas on the overhead TV.
The omens come and signs are sinister.... more »
Cash For Gold
Before you dashed with me through
Fish-scale pours of tropical storm
In the falling-down city I felt
Too long like a king of an unsettled... more »
My friends quietly dropped out of high school.
It seemed each week we had parties for some guy
Going into jail or getting released.
It’s not that anyone thought this was cool,... more »
Awaken a daughter trapped dreaming of light,... more »