Category Archives: Updates

Go Lightly

Sometimes the weight of the pen is too much to pick up, a rusted rail embedded in the ground,   so you keep going, walking, looking and listening for words to lift those bodies buried in your chest   as if … Continue reading

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PARADISE WAITS

When I go traveling in my mind to get away from shit, I climb the mountain above Alberton, scramble up to it—the meadow that sits atop those sheer cliffs overlooking the Clark Fork River. Only game trails lead there—each approach … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice

The hedge pods, lime green, hang in clusters like beans six to twelve feet above ground. Spindly shoots swoop-up off gnarled, woody stocks thick as my forearms. Insects, unseen, buzz-ring in my ears unperturbed by the lonely hound barking nonstop, … Continue reading

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DILLON GHOSTS REVISITED

I walk this rutted alley from The Club to Skeet’s Cafe with my son, dogging my grandpa’s hill-climbing heel, my old man’s voice in my head talking about my long dead punch-happy uncle whose clothes I still wear.   I … Continue reading

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Down and Out

at the crossroads again begging the bosses for work, some way to make it, easily,   a monthly grub-steak, a few bucks in exchange for me, my aging-marketable abilities,   whatever they may be, since I need money, shelter, time, … Continue reading

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406-401K-2018

this is it, that sweet (enough) amerikan dream of disability, social security, unemployment, or the lottery, some desperate way to stop punching a clock, give you a chance to stand outside under the stars, collect your thoughts, observe, come to … Continue reading

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The Red Line

He begged, pleaded to the packed “L” train for anything anyone could give to help him buy the antibiotics he needed for an infected leg he pulled up his pants to reveal, but no one looked at him or the … Continue reading

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Pissed at Potter’s Funeral

That frosty November day, Tom stood at the edge of the grave we’d dug the night before. The preacher, stern, Bible in hand, prayed God have mercy on Potter’s soul. Guilty as Potter of too much fun, the rest of … Continue reading

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MOVING ON: THE LAST POEMS OF ED LAHEY

Available from Drumlummon  Institute, Helena, MT

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Driven

The Old Man smiled at the precocious three year old serving him a beer in the backyard gathering after the funeral. She worked the group like a skilled barmaid, knew her cans and brands, remembering faces and orders without a … Continue reading

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