“Bringing Home the Bacon,” “Chopin and Savagery,” “Gabriel Garcia Márquez Knows His Stuff,” and Other Poems

Bringing Home the Bacon ---for Francis Bacon and David Sylvester (1966) The artist’s burden begins with us, the little people who’ve left their…


“Scars Left Behind,” “Moving Out,” and “Maybe Forever”

Scars Left Behind Thinking about that other side, That people have, The dark side, And what it all means, He knows it isn’t about the bruises, Or the…


“Pa,” “Rug,” “Gil,” and Other Poems

Pa Manhattan on the rocks VO if you should know They got the name wrong again Junk mail is junk if his name is wrong If you are going to junk him…


“At the Edge of the Haze,” “Vertigo,” and “Abecedarian for Poets Who Speak”

At the Edge of the Haze A woman closes her eyes atop a trestle. The sun reaches in to touch her heart. She moves and the gathered crowd gasps at her…


A Hair of the Pussy

I am very fine and exquisite Eating clams and mussels. I can't stand a hair on my lips That's why at twelve thirty sharp Of a passionate night She,…


“Force of July,” “Love’s End,” “Corporate Knife Fight,” and Other Poems

Force of July Got something to slather you something to do with words born in Texas midnight raw where we crawled through an Amerikan night…


“Protest,” “Smoke,” and “Sounds”

Protest You always keep things at wrong places screw driver in kitchen cabinet remote beneath your pillow shoes inside unlatched bird cage and banana…


Love of Divine Temples

When we are young Of divine temples For our love Everything is a path of roses. It doesn't matter that our parents Show us their back With the wounds…


“Arrangement,” “I Sit in Chair,” “Writing and Reading,” and Other Poems

translated by Xi Nan Arrangement At Blue Gulf Cafe at 1am Lu Zi (陆子) pointed at a row of tables and chairs: You guys look, they didn't arrange…


“A Bag of Hands,” “Bonne Journee,” “The Tao of Poop,” and Other Poems

A Bag of Hands Jalisco, Mexico. In a black plastic bag: 12 severed hands removed from their owners, for thievery, por rateros, and put in this bag,…