You find me repulsive—but you’re back.
Your kind of love follows at a distance—
walks like a stranger to the shuttered red
roundhouse at the end of me. You sit
quietly on a plastic chair, touch
my face where no one can see. No
promises dear, but don’t be afraid.
There’s room for you there at the end of the rail,
the three flags kicking.
where else can the smallest part of you go
when the mean work is done? Because
if you cut off your ears, let it be for love.
Everyone comes to me eventually,
staring hard at the plaster sun.
Like you, singing about the power of doing things over.
Say the palms flower my walk street perfect green
& my fish flash a dress of sequins & smoke,
gather & whisper,
there are no fish.
-Published in Barn Owl Review
A Season of Snow
Shock was pale
scoured, like an alabaster jar.
a remote blue sky.
like the night moon, telescoped behind fog.
It was Gretel’s forest at the time of the kill.
The crackle of wings into flight. Silence
in measured beats.
press of air on all sides.
But it was also perspective:
A ferned tree against flat mountains.
A shaman’s drug.
with one red eye, one green,
silent in the valley
where we hold hands, tiny
& featureless under a domed pewter sky. We sip
single-malt scotch from a shared leather flask.
The moon sprinkles Easter-sugar over our snowshoes.
Do we step lightly
over the many small deaths of winter, beloved?
Over the absolution—
-Published in The Laurel Review
The Final Interview
Of course, we’re interested.
I wanna be an archetype.
A glamorously flawed fabulon.
We don’t hear that much, anymore.
Most of the time, it’s the comic books.
The same old red cape
and his dame in striped silk.
But you need a grudge match
to love the hero. A nadir, a new
low. Give me an anti-hero
and the series can run forever.
That’s why we’re so pleased
you’re captivated with the next
great fall. We’re agog.
All fingers and toes on the glass.
But the contract states, and I quote:
Picture your face in a fairground cutout,
wearing a chartreuse satin sheath.
I’m afraid you don’t get to choose.
Fate will find you, will or no—
lime green doesn’t suit
everyone, but you’ll carry it off.
Virtue has its own reward,
but no box office. So says
Mae West. So let’s try this again,
con gusto. Maybe a Greco-Roman
mosaic, a god story on a stone-chip
floor. From the door, it’s a spitting image.
Trust me. I have Circe’s eyes in a jar.
We’ve been listening for someone like you.
-Forthcoming in CRATE