Category Archives: Poetry

Ode on a Bust of A. O. Scott

A monument to movies’ gilded mage Stands in a vaunted, vaulted sepulcher. The sculpture—like the critic, just as sage— Has chiseled (as Scott’s learnèd pen) assured.

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Eulogy

This is the house that Jack built At the end of a long drive It stands apart from its neighbors At home with its solitude And its singularity

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Tollers’ Wisdom

Once upon a time Artur Rubenstein sat before a Steinway Or a debauched Bechstein

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Hike-ku

sleeping on the ground is more relaxing—and safe— when the ground sleeps, too

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Jim Bridger’s Lament

I can see it all very clearly

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Epilogue: Hell or High Water

I choose the voyage prepared
The course set in the presence of my enemies
Yes, I choose the Master’s craft Continue reading

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In Tongues Unknown

In Hebrew we have three words for sin

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I.t I.s I

Words are not The only things To fail at times Such as these

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The Shoes of a Fisherman

I rise each day with anger Gird my loins with her, bathe with her, and bed her down I dare not give her to God

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Not Taken

A housecat writhes On my laptop as I write Its tongue reels out Again, and again As its head bobs over its coat

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