December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016

  I learned a lot from the free museum lecture on the Reformation,  how it wasn’t really Holy or Roman or an Empire at all when I step back and let the big picture blur. That night at the trattoria, a stranger with thinning gray wisps  and shadow for shave...
Easy Wonder

Easy Wonder

  –Oxbrook Lake, July 2014 My love, we floated for hours In kayaks, side by side, scarcely dipping our paddles. No motors allowed here, no soul in any Of the southerly shore’s three other cabins. Still, we orbited north, Through a calm, sequestered cove, where...
Three Poems

Three Poems

Baby steps The simple ways are the best. Roadkill soup. Jumping out of airplanes without a chute. Getting up with the sun and sleeping when the moon turns the night into a cyclops. My ambition to be done with ambition is complicated, like a butterfly that wants to...
The Worthy and Wealthy Men of Color

The Worthy and Wealthy Men of Color

On May, 14, 1868, the ship Golconda set sail from Savannah, Georgia to Liberia, and from the ship’s log, the journey started for 7 generations of the Fort family, starboard.   The worthy and wealthy men of color stood on Golconda, gangplank, Savannah, the blind...
Two Poems

Two Poems

  Like a violin wishing it were a piano.     Like a cirrus cloud afraid of heights. Like a Nobel scientist unsure of the science.   Like a barn   with hay-fever. Like a lake afraid of being too...
Echo

Echo

    This river it isn’t / a river your mirror it isn’t a curse / can you come back to your body already / your hands they’re waiting to hold themselves / your voice thin sunlight / guitar strings from far away / either are or aren’t there / and so what if...
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