Thursday, April 17, 2014

Song to Slow Dance to

Song to Slow Dance to 

Whatever gestures towards satisfaction
can never fully satisfy you

Think of the slow dance
how its softness and falsetto can alter time
for only three to four minutes

Think of the euphemism

Think of language
which is itself a euphemism

Everywhere there are bodies clanging together
there will one day be no bodies
Every body you give yourself to
will vanish
As will your own body

We know pleasure
because it ends

Wednesday, April 16, 2014



The gardener shows the seeds
that they are embers

There is a flowerflame sleeping inside them

All things being equal
which they are not

All things which come from the same thing
and are also distinct

A large part of the gardener’s work
is also to discourage growing
without remorse

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Perfect Body

The Perfect Body

First a slackness in the petals
Pink deepening into brown

A curling up of edges
and an end to thirst

Collapse does not look like apocalypse
It is just dirt

The dead flower
crumbles patiently
and lends its patience
to the ancestral patience

The flower is inquisitive
and the dirt says Now I understand

Monday, April 14, 2014

The This Is Your Life Candle Co.

The This Is Your Life Candle Co.

I try to set the mood
but instead I catapult your own memories around you

It’s the candles

A Hardware Store scented candle
and one in Freshly-Squeezed Gasoline

and Rain on Hot Blacktop

and Darkroom Chemicals With the Door Locked

This one smells different to every smeller
it’s called Humiliating Experience in Love

If you can burn through it
you win a prize

The prize is a message
trapped in the base of the candle

A phone number
or an address

or a sentence

It is the clue you have always been chasing

Friday, April 11, 2014

On My Bookshelf...

Some books that I am in the midst of reading/revisiting/planning to devour next....

1. Safe House, David Winter
2. Frankenstein's Flowers, Charlene Fix
3. The Ides of March: An Anthology of Ohio Poets (edited by me!--handy for multiple National Poetry Month events)
4. The Child that Books Built, Francis Spufford
5. Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv

What's on your shelf right now?