Category Archives: Poetry

Picked for You

after Mary Powell The matron’s eyes are dark, and hollow. Her skirt is an indistinct pleated gray, while a darted white blouse billows below the boat-necked breast and above an elasticized waist.

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I Come from the Dry Valley

after the lady Skagit Sunlight floods half the road on which I travel; a shadow cast by the guardrail obscures my lane— the westbound side, which rushes past bitterbrush, bluebunch wheat grass, ponderosa, and sandstone. This Methow thirst can consume … Continue reading

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Southern Cross: A Poet Breaking Silence

(after Francis Thompson) Imagine a night sky in the Barrens       without the North Star. Imagine that Zeus had never thrown       Callisto into the sky,

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Cashmere Easter

Orchards hang in the evening air, splayed along alluvial bottomland like sagging, vast, corporeal mists, ordered rows of sentient sentinels.

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Strachur Entreaty

Boxing Day, 2002. You lie on the gatehouse chaise adoze by a compact fire that I stoke in your silence. To sleep, perchance to dream…

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What You Will

I come not to you with words of wisdom       but with words that unseal doors

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Poet’s Bane

On a dark star-filled night I step outside long after the town retires and gaze upward, dogged stillness the analogesic to my soul.

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906 am

You know the feeling: waking up staring to the right where

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Sparks

Take these incendiaries with you on the trail: let the words themselves be fat and resinous; impregnate the charcoaled ink with paraffin; and may the whole be written upon the scroll

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Fovea

I pause and breathless gasp at stars which loose ten thousand brilliant shafts through narrowed iris, fluoresce cones.

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