Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Poet As a Man Mocked by Dreams

So! His mind had been snapped
up by turtles,
an unheard-of soup, last night
the night before, he had spilled the beans
to the paper staring at him blankly,
a real mess, no matter, i am a poet,
i like to fish, fresh air
feel out the sun, deep cool wells, go on

through tall reeds, banking
on the river

she had said, be careful
the moonbeams,
the road narrowing
along the river and the long grass
gather me
about your knees,
the good, black earth.

in the white house,
cobwebs and a lizard's
tail. please eat this

on the wall, a black
form, weeding.

deep eyes, a neck
braided with wrinkles:
my mother, she said
do drink this water.

no, just sunlight, please.
then the night, a clumsy
spy, a mock turtle losing
its cover.

and a strange cold inside.

(from Sentences, 1976)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fruits of Labor

Those who have the grudge roiling
In the pit of their stomachs,

That the plum should be theirs
Merely for the taking,

Shall have that fruit soiled
By the drudge slow worm

Blindly toiling.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Definitely Not Lemmings #18

My thanks to Irina for signing on as another DNL; she has four blogs, all of which are worth looking into. So what are you waiting for?

Why Paul Celan Cannot Be Called a Nihilist

He knew that calling

Things by their proper

Name names nothing

If the caller is a void.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


The poem that will not let you sleep

Until it is written, that is the dream

You must keep awake.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Looking in

And seeing the two gray-
Headed brothers in

Animated conversation
From outside the coffeehouse,

One can only imagine
What they are saying,

But their smiles tell us
They are alive within,

The one thing we want
To hear.

Friday, March 19, 2010


On the way to Hallelujah Junction,
He found his carriage shunted

To a long line of rotting boxcars
On a short stretch

Of godforsaken track.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Age of Aquarius

Sometimes at night I’ll awaken to rainfall on the roof tiles and I think of poets all over the world, their fingers tapping out words on the keys.

--James Finnegan

wherein the cleansing
rain drops will

slowly fill to the brim
the rusted tin

pan under the eaves only
if the sullen skies do not

open to let the sun
shine in.

Monday, March 15, 2010

As I Live and Breathe

I may be plumb tuckered,
Tired and worn out,


To my dying day, I swear
I’ll never utter another

Lifeless cliché.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


The Lost Son?

Some lost souls say he was never lost
To begin with, though it’s hard
For the poor mind wanting

To grasp how
He was the profligate
Who found himself

By wasting it all away.

Hagoromo, David Miller

Recently received from the author: A small selection of Miller's previously uncollected poetry, which draws on work from the 1970s to the present. The ink-on-paper cover--"Untitled (Blue & Black)"--is also by David. Always a pleasure to receive something from such a gifted poet.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Regarding Wards of the State

When impermanence states
The spoken

Word’s ir-
Revocable, the

Written ir-

Then irresistible

Silence becomes
Our sole constant re-


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010


Buoyed by the thought

Of casting off

All seven deadly sins,
He thought he heard

One calling him
To walk on water

In total immersion
Till he could no longer

Take it in.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Struck Dumb by Laziness

Hard to believe?

Even dumb things astonish
By ringing true to the ear

To the sound tinkering thinker
Who does nothing

But listens simply to hear.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Of Poetry and Its Poetic

“Perfection Has It's Price”—

The Motto that Guides My Poetry Practice

--for Joseph Hutchison

Dear Joe,

It’s apo-


Poesy re-


Paying its price-

Less perfection,

Yours again,
With affection.

The Little House That Jack Built

There was a house here once,
Which used to house a jackass
Peering from an opening

That used to be a door
When a passerby appeared,
But he peers no more.

No more Jack, no more house,
No more door, no more glaring
Jackass, broken stones galore.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Weekly Hubris Hits the Streets!
Wherein 12 intrepid writers join forces against the alarming proliferation and dissemination of mass media skullduggery amongst the malleable masses. Get your copy now!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Life Studies Light

Of its myriad meanings

One remains essential,

Which leads one to ask
If light is of the essence,

What is the essence of light?
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