Michael Shepler Poems
- Pavese's Last Letter To Consta...
- Imaginary Photograph By Brassa... It's the first black ...
- Movies Rewritten In Sleep Shuffled like cards, even ...
- The Same Dead Gangster 'How do I know this isn't the same ...
- The Translator It was late in the year when the ...
- Akhmatova In Silver Lake Her rice powdered face tips up from ...
- Peppermint Schnapps She pours a motel glass half full with ...
Born in Ohio but raised in Los Angeles.
Student of Henri Coulette's writing workshop at Cal State LA (1965-67) .
Work represented in many magazines, among them: 'Statement', 'Gramercy Review', 'Columbia Review'. 'LA Review', 'Berkeley Poetry Review' &
2 plays: 'Cockroach Blues' (produced by Company Theatre in LA in 1980): 'Bombshell' (as yet ... more »
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Pavese's Last Letter To Constance Dowling, In Blood, Unfinished
“Death will come and she will have your eyes” - Pavese
Hour of the razor & the knife
Beneath the locked hotel room door
Pale light from the hall yellows anciently
Her telegram lies, crumpled on the table
An origami of pain, its message, senseless
He remembers her blue eyes & bad Italian
Remembers the celluloid memory he's been forced
To live with all week:
(Even now, 'Bitter Rice' plays down the street,
Her name in lights above the giant poster of Mangano's
He remembers each day they'd had-
Reloading them like...