Recidivism

I am frantically searching for a sharp knife: I need to cut the sulfur from my skin. From this river side, I can tell you the signs of infestation: 1) the growth of tubers, and then 2) the spread. 3) When every bank of the river is covered in tubers, the river will die. We…

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Kristopher Miller

Absinthe Dream   You share with me a bottle of special absinthe I drink a sip (Of that special substance!) I feel the world slip.   The bottle clatters on the floor, The glass window behind me shatters a thousand score, And all of my reality is reduced to shredded tatters, As I see the…

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Barry Yeoman

I Saw A Woman   The trees continue recycling their timely poems year after wind-blown year.   Soon the tenement glow is shadowed with ice.   The bare limbs of timber click and knock in the windy woods like two bucks locked-up and tangling over the deepest hunger.   This room is silent and the…

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Three Birds Orchid

“Among the graffiti one illuminated name: yours” – Basho   Poised in beauty at the woozy edge of this drunken swamp, a mile deep into woods   like an enchanted pilgrim silently climbing the ambrosial pathway to heaven’s gate,   you startle me with your earnest meditation, oh sweet Buddhist orchid,   oh soft demented…

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Bobbing Heads

Let go of your thoughts, let go of your thoughts, your thoughts are a river passing you by. I’m next to a river watching my thoughts. Those are heads floating by! Ten or twelve floating heads, what the hell was that saying—if you sit by the river the heads of your enemies will come floating…

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The Survivor

Inspired by Carolyn Forché   What you have suspected is true. The girl at the counter was kidnapped. Her neck had a gash that was long and scabbed. It curved from her ear to her throat. Her boss counted baguettes, her lover tied on his apron, her co-worker swore at the register. There was a…

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