The Wind Domes
Everyone knows that time unfolds
as events into the particular. His shredded shirt
floats down as cloud ripples. These are his motion-
and his power-lines
receding through the valley.
His shoulders one shade greener than the sky.
The valley two shades greener.
go back after –songs waft from the box
encouraging us to go through with it.
To be a worthy continuum.
To be a moral compendium
in the dark green chickpea glade—
I’m a kid so I can’t go anywhere.
You’ll have to bring it to me.
—in the frosted flakes of grain
in the rushes where, if you pull one up,
they scream or interrogate you.
Emptied of their po-et-ree
they lie in the potters’ field.
The vessels, I mean. The protest of the dog
in the throat of the evening
makes the evening suddenly deep.
The Problem of Knowledge is
what to do with it,
once you have it.
(Sign this form.)
(Paste a picture of your skiff, here)
on the rambling see.
The little deck shifting
like a slopéd glen (Paste
your thumb to it. Thumbprint, you clod!)
a-clearing. The buck’s rack glinting in retreat.
I lift it like a flashcard and it gathers no ____.
Lift it like a fish from life.
and how am I to convince you, if you aren’t here to convince?
Those people just aren’t here anymore.
They split. They left the club. I told you
(I woulda told you) like a bathmat or a bathroom’s drudge
-light to make do with. To make
right by. There is no second life.
Plutonium wristlet appears as a circle of fireflies
as she crosses the humpéd lawn.
The closer they get,
you can see the holes between them.
Slipped from her wrist, plunged to toss in the bed
that ran from the summer capitol.
The river, I mean. Sunk down
to surface again
in the cluster. Magnified.
How it gave off a summery light.
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Upcoming events in Penn Book Center's 2013 Random Name Poetry Series
(Readings are on Saturdays at 2pm)
June 1: Lynn Levin and Anne-Adele Wight
June 8: Trisha Low, Holly Melgard, and Joey Yearous-Algozin
June 15: Susan M. Schultz and TBA
June 22: Natalie Lyalin and JenMarie Macdonald
July 13: Cecilia Corrigan, K Grossman and Timothy Leonido
July 27: Paul Killebrew and Brennen Lukas
August 10: Toby Altman, Oni Buchanan, and Jon Woodward