“Millstones,” “Medic,” and “Castor Oil”

Millstones "Why worry about a speck in your brother’s eye when you have a plank in your own?" Matthew 7:3 What if beside the plank in your eye…


“Red-Letter Day,” “Report from the Mother Ship,” “Havana, 1953,” and Other Poems

Red-Letter Day In the audiologist’s waiting room, I read an article about a “detectorist,” a Welsh school custodian whose metal detector signaled a…


“The Sri Lankan Hangman,” “Don’t Shoot the Politicians,” and “Tomfoolery”

The Sri Lankan Hangman In the paper today, tucked away on page nine, Sri Lanka is bringing back the death penalty. The president advertised for a…


“Anguish Longwedge,” “Way to be Free,” “Happiness on Wheels,” and “Substance”

Anguish Longwedge      Sit my nuts on a tee. Select a nine-iron. Smack the sack over the roof, beyond the blackberries, into…


“Lust,” “The Stunt of the Plagiarist,” “I Am Free!,” and “Hierophant”

translated by Gabor Gyukics Lust (Tarot, Major Arcana XI.)               I…


“The Crossword Man,” “Looking Glass,” and “Lost at Sea”

The Crossword Man We saw him often during our stay in Moscow. Every time we passed the opulent public building he’d be sitting there in his…


“Chainsaw Prayer,” “Setting the Apple Store on Fire,” and “Lawnmower Man”

Chainsaw Prayer This is my chainsaw prayer, that you will lick with that twelve inch tongue of yours the galvanized teeth of my saw before it bites…


These Tender Winglets

butterfly's winglet ---gentle touching of nectar that I want to taste winglets in nectar ---friend of butterfly---a bee wants to be fulfilled…


“A Moment in the Night,” “Scenting the Other,” and “Alone”

A Moment in the Night Then the night comes in and I embrace it, unseen, unaccountable, the dark air standing about me and all that is mine like an…


“Summer Rebirth,” “Floorboard Truth,” “Poem to End All Human Suffering,” and Other Poems

summer rebirth deconstructing walls built by cold years, my hands are no longer brittle, my blood has begun to warm; it all now comes so easily…