Far and Away
Upstairs in the café, which once had a long bar with stools, where you could plug in your computer and work…
Hansel and Gretel
In the real story, they never return.
No one knows what happens to them,
So life goes on, ordinary, flesh
long since grown over the wound…
There are things I don’t know,
can’t know, and maybe don’t want to,
including what a man’s teeth look like
through a rifle’s magnifying scope….
What I wanted to tell you but can’t here
in front of everyone is that sometimes
it’s just me & the bartender & four hours
to fill & I take a nice long look out
at no one & turn up louder & louder…
Michael A. de Armas
Yes it’s true you can break things,
I tell my younger daughter one night, who, after crying in her crib in our room
without much result, turns the light switch…
Amber Ridenour Walker
(for Jean Seberg)
If you love a girl just maybe
you shouldn’t steal a car
for her. It’s bad manners &
just what am I supposed to do with this?
Among the Lichenologists
Among the lichenologists,
I am less provocative than
mottled pink fluff on a rock…
J. Estanislao Lopez
Reconsidering Plato’s Cave
inside a cave…
Mallarme, synonym for obstacle
in their suburban saltbox, his poems
a wooden crate for her mother
to kick her way out of…
Advice to a Lazy Poet on How to Survive Autumn
Wake up and run, you sloven with sleep-filled eyes!
Constrict the hillside into a tawny gold
And shout huzzah non-stop ‘till the season dies….
Beside the health center you saw two chairs:
wooden, solid, placed
just so, as in a draftsman’s rendering…
In Search of Lost Timepiece
Should I have buried
you with it?
Slipped it into the pocket
of the suit from Barneys