Braden Coucher

Rookie (December 10,1986 / Portland Oregon)

Braden Coucher Poems

1. Change? 5/15/2011
2. The Dog Shadow 5/15/2011
3. The Drive Through 5/15/2011
4. For Arms 5/15/2011
5. Tree's Poem To Dead Mother 5/15/2011
6. Everything Is Nothing 5/15/2011
7. Honeybee 5/15/2011
8. Humming Bird 5/15/2011
9. Invisible Thread 5/15/2011
10. No One Reads The Novels 5/15/2011
11. Not Dreaming In Color 5/15/2011
12. Portrait 5/15/2011
13. Practicing Division 5/15/2011
14. Magnoliopsida 5/15/2011
15. Smoke Signals 5/15/2011
16. String Lights 5/15/2011
17. There's Something About Drinking 5/15/2011
18. Transubstantiation 5/15/2011
19. Undressing Spring 5/15/2011
20. We Learn To Sell Ourselves Early In Life 5/15/2011
21. Wing Neck 5/15/2011
22. For Zeekin 5/15/2011
23. The American Flag, While We Lie 5/15/2011
24. In Fez With Pablo Neruda 5/15/2011
25. Suicide Hotline 5/15/2011
26. Sea Lions 5/15/2011

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Sea Lions

Half gone in memories of banjos and whiskey bottles
I flapped the wings of debauchery in the wind
of a sandy summer stained storm: There! I loved her,
She with feathery voice and small lovely head, I loved her
differently as snake to salamander.
I remember long banging, smashing nights,
in the streets when all the sound was just storm and
movements only a flickering, shape-shifting breeze.
I’d Torn into the poet’s craft like a drunken farmer into his disobedient wife,
I grabbed the words and mangled their sounds: speech
becoming clay becoming rock and then ...

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The Dog Shadow

My uncle Mike’s dog
Shadow breathed loudly
And that old dying sound
shook the house with aching

Especially because he
And Jewels were falling apart
After 25 or 27 years of marriage.

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