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Is This Poetry?

You tell me. Can it be a conversation that starts in the dark on the porch steps some moonless new moon summer night loaded with oh so many stars that you have to walk out in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Pundits & Fools

The literate man, the educated analyst, had it completely right, * but he couldn’t relate it to the crowd gathered around their palms * scoffing at the idea of reading way too many finger-scrolls of high- * dollar words “they … Continue reading

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Chef Boyardee

was a wizard with a knife if he couldn’t find a can opener or a P38 * he could cut into the metal shelf life of a wide variety the happy meals * that defined my youth Dinty Moore or … Continue reading

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Cool Blue Dawn

—for MilesDavis & John Prine Bring me the top of the mountain at the top of the world this dawn top of the morning to stand in the eagle’s lair, the air, wind cool, steady, whipping my hair, blue sky … Continue reading

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Sonnet Practice

I promise this will only go fourteen and you’ll probably agree that fifteen would be too much besides breaking the rules which are the point in making   one of these goddamn love sonnets— hitting the ballpark iambic mark. Let’s … Continue reading

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outside my window

  the grosbeak clings to the top of the wire fence, hops to the ground, pecks around the dried leaves and puff balls, flutters back to the fence, cocks her head and looks at me   looking at her, then … Continue reading

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That Now of When

Listen Hear I mean really listen here Try to pay attention As if you were blind Like your life depended on it It’s difficult to really hear someone Speaking to you Let alone two or more Plus everything around you … Continue reading

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Chinook

          First of February Fifty-five degrees I walk downtown Toward the river & Charlie B’s   A gale blows in warm Chinooks I remember On the eastern front Of the Rockies Thirty years ago   Augusta … Continue reading

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All the Livelong Days

  The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific had nothin’ and everything to lose that summer in Missoula. Our job—the Catlin Street crossing replacement—four men, water and tools: spike malls and pullers, shovels and picks, rail jacks, tie tongs and … Continue reading

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The Golden Years

Fresh out of his bath, steam rising from the wet-peaked hair atop his shoulders, the old man stared between his legs, his bald head bowed as he sat on the edge of his bed. “You son-of-a-bitch,” he said. “I’ve lived … Continue reading

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