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Sorrowful Terroir

I am crossing the unholy waste of northern Indiana in a torrent, a terror of two conjoined twins playing one sorrowful ukulele.

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Lunatic Arpeggio

Lovemaking heard through a motel wall like violin practice of the insane. Snow-capped mountain like one shoulder glimpsed when a loose blouse slips And a thin black bra strap reminds me of the poem with your second-best panties. We dress … Continue reading

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Dream Poem

All I have are words — egg shells & feathers, hollow bones, empty nests — to give you, numbingly, the endless iconography, litany/liturgy of love & loss, sad little hellish dreamworld I  less inhabit than wear around me tight as … Continue reading

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Freude, schöner Götterfunken*

Swimming in the grief pools behind his almond-shaped eyes he hears, faintly at first, how Terror transmutes into joy like a nightflower unfolding to the first touch of dawnlight. His own voice joins the chorus (joy, beautiful spark of the … Continue reading

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Morning Commute, Late June*

On my bike at 6 with the curling pink fingers of dawn already fading to yellow. It’s going to be muggy and buggy. For 11 months they complain about rain and snow; the other month they complain about the heat. … Continue reading

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Sonnet, Summer Night

It is hot in the bedroom but not sultry, a humid stultification, all the long day’s travails insinuated within its red walls, abrogation of the laws of thermodynamics. A cheap plastic fan by the window pushing warm air through warm … Continue reading

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Approximating Joy

The wind is whipping up waves on the lake and rippling through the tall green grasses like the breath of the living Earth and yet isn’t it the same breath that flagellates the fluorescent pink PVC caution tape tied to … Continue reading

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