Category Archives: Other

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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exit us

Then God’s Chosen People set out From “The Land of the Free” And “The Home of the Brave” And found themselves in the Wilderness of Sin. They set out on June 26, 2015.

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Ink Blots

Somewhere in a pearlescent pool hell An angel sports tats on its wings

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Theodicy

/θiːˈɒdɪsi/—in its most common form, theodicy is the attempt to answer the question of why a good God permits the manifestation of evil. I hate my skin I hate every trillionth cell of it

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The Immaculate

EXTERIOR ESTABLISHING SHOT DAY The back lawn of a rustic lodge In the distance, across an inlet Late-summer peaks bare of snow In the foreground A long emerald hedge Immaculately groomed

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For Jenn

The time just seemed to be right. The pull-rope brought the ladder down And I ascended through the trap door. That was some time ago now.

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