Five Poems

Five Poems

OLDGUY: SUPERHERO’S         COMBAT MOVES War face (blank stare) Denture grapple Joy buzzer handgrip Depend face-swat Slipper ear-slap Stupefying drone about the old days Taser cane Tear gas suppositories (for getaway) Hobble juke Dreadlock toupee bluff Fart flash-bang...
Blackberries Pantoum

Blackberries Pantoum

  Silent, a few yards apart, we picked blackberries in the wild place Dad didn’t know about. He knew this much: Men could do us harm. Some pervert might follow our broken twigs to wild places we shouldn’t know about. If Dad found out, icebox silence for a week. Some...
Two Poems

Two Poems

  I Marry I marry a column of air. I marry my own freedom, and at the altar it and I merely brush knuckles. I marry time and march to the dais, one forward step as each second ticks. I marry sex and refuse to care who steps into its body as man after man does. I marry...
Double Mastectomy

Double Mastectomy

  Biopsy They poked me with a straw and sucked out some adipocytes, five bulbous bubbles. I told the nurse my mom died from it so she held me while she cried, weeping for the theoretical death of her own mother. I do not cry.   Drains Four transparent hand grenades...
Trout Fishing with Heroin Addicts

Trout Fishing with Heroin Addicts

  I was a novice angler. A junkie, nodding out, Whispered, come a little Closer—I’m going to Let you in on a secret. She pulled out her Fillet knife & stabbed Me just below my ribs & started to laugh. As I strained for oxygen, The opposite I imagined Of a...
Two Poems

Two Poems

    Valley                     in memory of Nathan Becker 1918-2000   Dirt, rock’s clatter on pine boards, smooth grey stone on smooth gray stone. Turning away. In dreams you sit in the passenger’s seat and weep while I, strapped in back reach for your shoulders, try...
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