Randall Mann

(Provo, Utah)

Randall Mann Poems

1. Politics 2/10/2015
2. Breakfast With Thom Gunn 4/16/2015
3. Proximity 5/13/2015
4. Poem Beginning with a Line by John Ashbery 5/19/2015
5. ? 6/9/2015
6. Almost 10/5/2017
7. Black Box 10/5/2017
8. Dolores Park 10/5/2017
9. The End of Landscape 10/5/2017
10. The Fall of 1992 10/5/2017
11. Fiduciary 10/5/2017
12. Florida 10/5/2017
13. A Better Life 10/5/2017
14. Alphabet Street 10/5/2017
15. Realtor 10/5/2017
16. End Words 10/5/2017
17. September Elegies 10/5/2017
18. Bernal Hill 10/5/2017
19. Last Call 10/5/2017
20. N 10/5/2017
21. Pure 10/5/2017
22. Song 10/5/2017
23. Early Morning On Market Street 10/5/2017
24. Straight Razor 10/5/2017
25. Proprietary 10/5/2017
26. Order 10/5/2017
27. Nothing 10/5/2017
28. Halston 10/5/2017
29. Tender 10/5/2017
30. The Mortician In San Francisco 2/10/2015

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The Mortician In San Francisco

This may sound queer,
but in 1985 I held the delicate hands
of Dan White:
I prepared him for burial; by then, Harvey Milk
was made monument—no, myth—by the years
since he was shot.

I remember when Harvey was shot:
twenty, and I knew I was queer.
Those were the years,
Levi's and leather jackets holding hands
on Castro Street, cheering for Harvey Milk—
elected on the same day as Dan White.

I often wonder about Supervisor White,
who fatally shot
Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Milk,
who was one of us, a Castro queer.
May 21, 1979: a jury ...

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?

is only something on which to hang
your long overcoat; the slender snake asleep
in the grass; the umbrella by the door;

the black swan guarding the pond.
This ? has trouble in mind: do not ask
why the wind broods, why the light is so unclean.

It is summer, the rhetoric of the field,

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