A pinup of Rita Hayworth was taped
To the bomb that fell on Hiroshima.
The Avant-garde makes me weep with boredom.
Hares are wishes, especially dark ones.
Somewhere between a bird's nest and a solar system - whom did
the story use to fashion the crown of thorns, and did it prick
Whom did the story use for judgement?
fences the first sheepmen cast across the land, processions
of cringing pitch or cedar posts pulling into the vanishing
point like fretboards carrying barbed melodies, windharp
I knew the end would be gone before I got there.
After all, all rainbows lie for a living.
And as you have insisted, repeatedly,
The difference between death and the Eternal
We don't belong to each other.
We belong together.
belong together to prove the intentionality of subatomic particles.
All those poems I wrote
About living in the sky
Were wrong. I live on a leaf
Remember the night you got drunk
and shot the roses?
You were a perfect stranger, Father,
even my bad sister cried.
A score of years ago I felled a hundred pines to build a house.
Two stories, seven rooms in all.
Well aren't you the harsh necessity,
As in what fear is for?
It was the summer of
You should have been there,
Salt is pity, brooms are fury,
The waterclock stands for primordial harmony.
The spruce forest, which is said to be