Drifting alone on Gardiner’s bay

Sunday, December 19, 2010
Drifting alone on Gardiner’s bay,
No ship or neoprene raft between me and the crisp blue sea,
Just quantum gravity and millions of gallons of sea water
From as far away as Pretoria and Tierra Del Fuego, to make my fluid bed,
Hands behind my head, floating like a champagne cork,
My thoughts bubbling into the endless blue
Above and below me.
Salt on my lips, the sun making neon worms in the ripples.
My Cubistic world, my instinctual nihilism, my habitual obsessions,
Behind me and above me the swoosh/pause/swish/pause/swoosh
Of a fish hawk’s wings, the whimper of a dark wet mouse
Locked in powerful, unforgiving talons,
This life goes on around me, as I learn to float alone,
As I listen to my heart beat,
As I listen to my thoughts drop across the ocean like milkweed puffs,
Like water in water, sand upon sand,
With only love making me different than this ocean,
Than this warm sunlight, than this immeasurable, spinning world.

We had a predilection for flying

Sunday, December 05, 2010

At least this moment, for at least this moment
We had a predilection for flying,
Sitting far back in seats 146b or 175c
Next to the window, the back of the plane
And if sometimes, passing over the marble steps of the palace
or the hidden interior of our own secrecy or sometimes after barely clipping our abyss
Of reluctant assimilation to reveal the mournful solitude of our dreaming
We would wake again drunk with the wind and everything that was flying with us
Over this dense black mirror of ocean everything that was supposed to be guarding us and
Our practiced stumbling our flight out of the tunnel our reeling into
The blinding light that we surged past now as if we were unaware again
As if we had just thrown ourselves up into the air and reached our hands out to fly



Thursday, November 18, 2010
I know that you can’t always tell something is happening while it is happening, but afterwards, you probably remember what you should have done while it happened, but didn’t.

He cracks the shell of the egg on the edge of the black iron pan, as the egg white hits the hot butter he hears a bright sizzling. Or did he hear the butter blistering first?
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I found out pretty quickly all I never wanted to know about making death suddenly early one morning right here in Providence on November 26, 1974, as I watched my son slide out of his mother's dark and baffling womb and into the tepid toweled hands of a rather robust nurse. The nurses and doctors didn't want me to be there, that much was clear. I was hastily summoned just minutes before, a green paper gown and paper shoe wraps were thrust at me and I was quickly ushered into the delivery room. My son had a name already. Oakley. We knew months ago that the child was a boy, after seeing it very clearly for ourselves on an ultrasound negative. Actually, we didn’t know, we didn’t want to know, we had two names picked out, one for a boy, and one for a girl. Oakley and Sally. It’s just that we knew he was a boy from the start.
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Making death is like frying an egg once over lightly in a cast iron pan sizzling with butter.
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Covered with mucous and bits of purple blood, and being held upside down by his ankles, all four of us waited for an unprecedented amount of time for him to say something. Finally after what seemed like a blizzard of swirling flakes, his mouth opened and an odd little child scream snickered out and lingered over the cars parked in the snow outside the hospital delivery room. 
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It snowed the night my son was born; I took a photograph out of the bathroom window. The cars in the parking lot next door were cloaked in a cold, atmospheric, pallid virginity.
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I think the hospital delivery room was silver and had blue wallpaper with snowflakes. All of a sudden, I was alone with him and every one in the room disappeared. His eyes were the color of the room and I fell in love with him instantly.
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Making death he turns over the egg, the yolk breaks, yellow lines snake across the pan.
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"Mike, get the car, we've got to get to the hospital. It’s time!"

The car skittled a bit as we drove away from the curb. I remember the skoshing of the wipers and the roundness of the wheels. I remember counting telephone poles that we passed. My mouth was filled with snow falling and I was exhumed with an inexplicable yearning. The night became a single black cloud that appeared over and over again until there was darkness all around us. Three of us drove to the hospital but there was another person in the car with us. Listening.
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I knew everything I needed to know about making life at 5:31 a.m. the morning of November 26, 1974. Oakley was a million shades of red and blue, shivering, as he made his way out from between his mother’s legs. The doctor pulled his head out first with large steel forceps, then, gently guided his shoulders out. The nurse wrapped him in a heat-foil lined blanket and handed him to me. I heard the pinging sound of the snow as it fell on the cars outside in the parking lot on 170 Courtland Street. I think it was very blue in the room, cold and blue and steel. I think the doctor was quite large and wore dark rimmed glasses. I remember I was wearing green cloth shoe covers and a green disposable gown. The room had snow falling in it, and silver clocks on several walls. The doctor turned him upside down and held him by the ankles until he cried out. Then he stuck a rubber bulb in his mouth to clear away the mucus.


1 part black seaweed
6 parts crystalline [Etymology: Middle English cristallin, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin crystallinus, from Greek krystallinos, from krystallos
Date: 15th century]
15 parts of tears from fallen angels
35 parts of distilled water from snow that fell on parked cars at 170 Courtland Street on November 26, 1974
17 parts of the struggling roots of plants that don't exist
3 parts of things you can't remember

Put everything in a cast iron pan and fry it kindheartedly until the yellow congeals your motives.


Follow the above instructions backwards and leave out all the ingredients.

A misread

Tuesday, November 09, 2010
There was love that was gone
Love to an American is way too cinematic
You know this
There was way of flesh but that also disappeared
Living on too many little islands yes there were islands in hell too she said
Then she was gone
Who hauled these islands on their love frenzy mellow
But what!  No her mellow gone too
No need to cinematize these mornings just build on homes
without any hopeless song there
Hey who the hell dropped my cinematic for such little cash?
Now he, his orchestra and every wannabe knows of the real kings in your hell
You Americans are way too gone with your islands of consumption – way too gone
You love your coffee American frenzy to the mile-end of children of your convenience 
What home with no mile-end in sight we have your melody for you
American frenzy extraordinaire and we are expecting it to please you
We know your convenience you dirty little children of hopeless Samson
Too many summers
Too many built on cloud islands
Bring home your melody king of coffee
Long gone coffee Samson of eternal summer
Who will recognize this frenetic waste of time we built for your convenience
Cultivated for your devastated coffee islands
Right up till we disappeared in the mixtape

The thalweg

Saturday, November 06, 2010

The thalweg, 
foggled with frass & verjuice 
emitted a stridulous cacophony 
not expected from such a fumarole.

-         Wordnik poem


Sunday, October 24, 2010

The other: enter the myth
Hesitation, reasonably like an apostrophe
Marking the now empty space
Who will walk the row beneath?
Non-attachment, instead
The severed trunk swings back

The unexpected, not what you counted on

a tiny rustle of wind ruffling
the fuzzy oak leaves
The sun slips down behind the hill

The rustle of wind,
Imagine a hill,
The sun balanced like an apostrophe
Marking the wind ruffling through the leaves
All the things you have done wrong in your life
A will of ones own?
Like the apostrophe
The sun slips through the trees
The unexpected
empty space is a catastrophe
balanced like an apostrophe
Deadfall, the waiting, the [will happen]


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How I remember!
A small child
A boxwood hedge
Grass spider webs shimmering in the foggy dew
Morning sky scumbled
With soft cerulean and faint rose
Perfumed with lilies and Sweetfern
the Sensual din of cicadas

Last summer

Sunday, September 26, 2010

For Oakley

Remembering what you said
I took the last remaining ear of sweet corn
From the dry cackling stalk
And sat down watching the bittersweet turn color
“we eat them right in the field,
never cook ‘em, way, way best that way”
you told me, the son teaching the father

after your last summer working the corn field
off Scuttle Hole Road
this temporal contiguity, not the least lost in this fleeing moment
nor the sun and cool rain in the kernels
no longer knowing if I am here
remembering you
or you are there remembering me

You open your eyes

Saturday, August 07, 2010
You open your eyes

You swing your left leg rotating your acetabulofemoral joint
The heal of your foot is about to touch the cool wooden floor
Infinite possibilities are present

The floor is no longer there
Your foot is a claw that can only write sonnets
There is no space between you and history
That which has always happened will never happen again
The wooden floor is where the exegesis ends and the eisegesis begins
Your sonnets begin to claw away all possibilities
The distance between your foot and the wooden floor
Is the immeasurable void between the sublime and the juggernaut
The cool wooden floor was never there
You haven’t opened your eyes

“All’s right with the world”
“All’s right with the world”
“All’s right with the world”

Belief is at once prophetic, magical, sublime, how futile!
The space between your foot and the floor
Is either immense, or you are moving very slowly
All Grows smaller with each passing moment
The moment becomes the distance
Your foot that was a claw becomes a foot again
All your sonnets become dust and winged insects
You recognize in yourself the sublime and the juggernaut

…and carry forth from this day forward

The wooden floor is the sea of being
That you will never slip your toe in

You open your eyes

“Poor Yorick, remembering, preparing”

Thursday, May 20, 2010
New issue of 13 miles from Cleveland is out at http://tinyurl.com/32akao3
My image is here – “Poor Yorick, remembering, preparing” http://tinyurl.com/39h2g3m

lock us up forever XI

Friday, May 14, 2010