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Jack-in-the-Box U-Haul

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“When I was six years old, Dad came home from Vietnam and picked me and Mama up from her sister's house in Boston. We packed a U-Haul with everything we owned from T.V. to toothbrush. Dad hitched the trailer to the Rambler and drove us South, back home to Carolina. A…

The World is Bigger

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It is best not to judge.

The Perplexed Follow Their Own Guidance, Merci

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The generalized mania and rage was for anything prior, the rare and the bygone, anything that might have been overlooked, anything that might otherwise have been forgotten for good and forever.

Noodle

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Our painter was killed by a bunch of kids who were making fun of him. A gun went off. What is a noodle? He wasn't sitting in the world, anymore. Where was his straw hat? His pipe? He desperately needed to smoke. What is a noodle? Why are trees…

Sonnet 10

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We don't watch the Honored robin's newspeak address the silent worm legislature on C-SPAN or CNN every week.Raccoons, skunks, snails and bears I'd wagerdon't congress to Robert's Rules of Orderyet are not their debates bloodthirsty exchanges between…

Tawny Frogmouth

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The wildlife smuggler grabbed me while I was in winter torpor. He wrapped me in cloth, taped my wings down and put me in a pouch. We crossed the seas. In a new country he sold me to a bird collector. There I was in a cage, far from my…

I Knew Her Before She Was Kissy from Cadallaca, Even

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["Creed vs. discern" ... or ... "discern vs. creed"?]

He Sure Can Play Piano with Those Giant Lobster Hands

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He sure can play piano With those giant lobster hands In his ratty raccoon coat And his old black cowboy hat His boots of Spanish leather And face like sultry weather His raspy croaking voice Picking out the words so choice They reall

Death Is No Big Deal.

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The suite of dark rooms/ extends forever./ It’s no big deal.

Sacrifices of Famished Promise Made to Apology

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when she says she's lonely he hands her last week's TV Guide

Europa Sonnets - 5-8

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5. To hate one's race is always overrated;We built fair cities where there were no huts.The Frankfurt School should all have been castrated,And strung up by a noose made of their guts.Marcuse, you have caused the death of Europe,With Gramsci, Adorno, Freud and all…

Moon Talk

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moonbeams unrecognized language steadies my course

February

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a big silent western sky

Absolution

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Father, trouble me memory;laconic, idle, some glint on the dark. Recall us to me: what did we have, or what did we lose? Like some late affection, open me again, laugh it out of us. It is not loss I'm looking toput back together, papered over…

Sonnet VII

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Oh Triple-Crownéd who evades my sight,/ Guide me down proper crossroads in this life/ As you have promised to grant me your might/ And make of me eternity's fair wife.

an occultation casts a narrow silence

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we, no matter our accumulation date,/ will settle down into tidy piles, no doubt,/ after the universe has torn through the place . . .

The River Flows

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powerless against the memory of the earth-bank and the river flows, through a susurrus field of a million quills

(Platter of) Figs and Oranges Set to Music

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Lonely kids only want this thing To not be lonely. The lonely Kids have learned to be absolutely Still. Who does this fall to? They Haven't read enough Vonnegut? David Foster Wallace? Remote Kids stand and prepare to leave the Planet. Any…

Silence

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I let go of my properties, my work.

Heartlong

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... reason never lies...

Going Commando

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I have the fear of comedy I have the laughter of war I have the need of a commando To come sack and ransack us Over and over again, O I am a pillow, a rock, an ant A soft Southern deer in the headlights I have the mask of Anonymity Lyi

Quantum Quandary

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I love the notion of uncertainty-/ which seems inherent/ at the level of particles-

Sonnet 8

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I met a girl with chia as her hairVerdant green waves from ear to stunning ear.So blew, without care, the wendigo air And I, a righteous knave, bought her a beer.I looked into her eyes of deep-set brownand said “hey baby, you some chthonicfertility goddess…

The Ring of Harvest

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Lena stood next to the river. How she arrived there she couldn't say. An unconscious move on the fringes of her reality. A bulrush plant was stalking up. She felt being stared at by it. She could see two holes for eyes in its spike. Some years back, she would have …

Jackie Kennedy, Marge Simpson & Longevity: What I Learned From Magazines This Week

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The title of the overdue book returned to a public library in San Francisco 100 years after it had been checked out? Forty Minutes Late.(Readers Digest, 04/17)In 1999, Kathy McKeon, Jackie Kennedy's former assistant, went to a Halloween party dressed in a Marge Simpson…

The Economics of First Wives

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"The capital cycle is a bit like a first wife,” he said, and he heard a few laughs of surprise at the curious transition. "When you re-invest in a second wife, you're held back by sunk costs in the first one."

The Jade Dragon

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FUN MOVIE TRAILER: 41 members of my family participated in a movie I co-wrote and shot with my wife. Have a look!:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA7k2r81iXEHere's the 64 minute film-noir-style…

two square verse notes for Mr. S.

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mind heart soul will blood sweat tears muscle, and bone,/and then always something else—not more, just else . . .

Absence

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You anchor the real You make love to the true I am bound to you in consecration

Zombies to Mars

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Perseid meteors fly past their ship like cosmic fire-wasps.