Wrong Again (poem)

  Wrong Again   This was better, more sensitive. But so much silence in his conversation-mate Must be a warning. “I’ve learned not to apologize.” He thought, Why me? A line of inquiry that promised to go badly. “You’ve learned not to apologize,” she said. The topic seemed to want a change of scene. Of […]

A Chatterbug’s Memoires (poem)

  A Chatterbug’s Memoires   Before self-anointing try a means test Have conference with the ash tree’s railing leaves The dying fighter not yet wholly girdled A corpse of heartwood chip by chip stripped clean Bad tidings brought by an agent of the bourse Make every act of treason underpay Chapters of a chatterbug’s memoires […]

The Impresario: an alphabet (part seven)

  Part Seven   He lifts the doll-woman onto the wagon’s bed At once her small feet prance a pirouette The hunchback has been beaten in the town He must ask his good servant to mark a likeness down One whose fortune Pierre the Seer will uncloak She stands clear for the wax-man, Regalus He […]

The Impresario: an alphabet (part six)

  Part Six   O, jealousy! Regalus in penance catches Pierre by the sleeve For amid a burst of cries and laughter none had heard The missile strike. Silent Tortu from errands of his own Pads near to Regalus with a bleeding face Pierre’s hand closes over hers, avec tendresse “Boniface!” The impresario with Poupée […]

The Cause (poem)

  The Cause   You an islet, witness to an hour of rising You a fleer and a tunneler You at times overroofed by another’s Wasted heat Hate discovers you One of these will speak against you And the worst of these Enflamed the mind an empty fuel tank of fumes Swings a stick She, […]