2.27.2015

Silver-Tongued

Winter
blue begets blue,
metallic warms to black,
pregnant & revelatory
Color.

Music in the Imaginary Garden: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Time (The Revelator)

2.23.2015

This Week in Poetry

C’mon over to the Thirsty Mind in South Hadley, MA on Wednesday and warm up with coffee or tea and some spoken-word poetry! Gonna be a fun evening, for sure. Hope to see you.

2.21.2015

Dependency

Explaining
my love for you
is like describing
how a vowel glides
to a diphthong
there’s no explanation
it just does

Diagramming
our love as a tree
would be trying
at the start
by extraneous phrases
antiquated pedagogy
unredeemed

Trailing
like ellipsis
clauses lain doggo
for a preposition
at last deemed
perfectly punctuated
by you

For Michael/Grapeling’s word-list prompt to the Real Toads: ABSENT

2.18.2015

Gelid

A season fraternizing
with gallery ghosts,
red-curtained brooding
means seashell-iridescent
skyshine shocks,
suggesting beach-balm breeze
and a promise that bitter
might actually end.

2.07.2015

Ways of Looking at the Snow Moon

Read a book aloud, observing
the space between words

A long hair in the shower looks
like the Madonna and child

Peek in on your sleeping daughter
blanketed in snowlight

Oncoming traffic headlight stars
are maybe moons

Globe of frustration
behind your eyes

Lost baby tooth,
canine

Still light
at 5:30

(With apologies to Wallace Stevens.)

2.01.2015

Love on a Desert Planet

Don’t put a cactus shirt on a mannequin.
He likely will resent you forever,
certain to develop a prickly sense of humor
that would spoil any friendly endeavor
you employ.
Too busy being angry to enjoy
love sooner,
he’ll resist your touch, still
wondering whether you’ll try again, and again
doubting your intentions, sharply, until--

Flash 55 PLUS Kerry’s super-hard word-counting Robert Herrick stanza.