Rick Barot

(1969 / Philippines)

Rick Barot Poems

1. After Darwish 6/28/2014
2. Annunciation 6/28/2014
3. Aubade 6/28/2014
4. Brown Refrigerator 6/28/2014
5. Child Holding Potato 6/28/2014
6. Echo 6/28/2014
7. Inventory 6/28/2014
8. Iowa 6/28/2014
9. Litany 6/28/2014
10. Looking At The Romans 6/28/2014
11. Magnolia 6/28/2014
12. Many Are Called 6/28/2014
13. Miró's Notebook 6/28/2014
14. Ocean Park Notebook 6/28/2014
15. On Gardens 6/28/2014
16. Pastoral 6/28/2014
17. Psalm With A Phrase From Beckett 6/28/2014
18. Question Arising While Listening To A Lecture On The Nature Of Metaphor 6/28/2014
19. Reading Plato 6/28/2014
20. Sonnet 6/28/2014
21. Tacoma Lyric 6/28/2014
22. Tarp 6/28/2014
23. The Poem Is A Letter Opener 6/28/2014
24. The Wooden Overcoat 6/28/2014
25. West 16th Street 6/28/2014
26. Wright Park 6/28/2014

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On Gardens

When I read about the garden
designed to bloom only white flowers,
I think about the Spanish friar who saw one
of my grandmothers, two hundred years
removed, and fucked her. If you look
at the word colony far enough, you see it
traveling back to the Latin
of  inhabit, till, and cultivate. Words

that would have meant something
to the friar, walking among the village girls
as though in a field of flowers, knowing
that fucking was one way of   having
a foreign policy. As I write this, there's snow
falling, which means that every
angry thought is as ...

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Scintillas of the anatomical
on the vines, buds opening—
make me a figure
for the woken.

On the vines, buds opening—
blue, little throats.
For the woken,
this different tin sky.

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