Category Archives: Poetry

Imprimatur

A poem maketh not the sun to rise,     Obscureth not the wayward path at dusk—

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Justification

today i shaved the right side of my face first as usual i puffed a bit of shaving cream astride my left forefinger looked in the mirror

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To Tie His Sandals

for Joshua Dodds He speaks in a voice with eyes: eyes that hear, an ear that touches, a hand that reaches around your heart

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Means and Ends

Truth is necessarily loved in such a way that those who love something else—besides her—wish that other thing to be truth.

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Still Life: SR 172 & US 2

A man stands on oiled chipseal, camera in hand. The highway undulates distantly, nearly straight, as heat-shimmered dips lend the appearance of road-fracture, shifted along a series of faults.

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Blackletter

In response to a Middle English facsimile of the Gospel of Luke The minims of textualis crowd themselves, ascenders aplenty but descenders few, into Wycliffe’s words of Gabriel to Mary:

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Death Sentences

The nameless cream-colored tom creeps quickly up and crouches motionless, knowing that the bowl of the birdbath keeps him concealed from the finch which perches on the far side, dipping its beak into the pool of clear water—dipping and preening.

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Backflow

A valve by any other name would not check love less sweetly:

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Detritus Redeemed

My dusty green       second-hand             campchair is planted in       weedy gravel

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Erratic

for Jon Hawley, the Armchair Traveler Wait. Slow down a bit. I’d like to talk.

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