“THE NIGHT OF THE STATIONS” – “THE CHLORINATED DISTRICT” – “THE MARQUIS OF EXTENDED GRACE”

The Night Of The Stations To arrive in another city of torn politicAnd to use a red light against the rising buildingsAs an ethereal crimson flag. To arrange another dateAnd to dread the use of my poor spanish. ReggaetonBecometh public address echo, the rhythm a languageAnd the beacon on the mountaintop is a young starAbove … Continue reading “THE NIGHT OF THE STATIONS” – “THE CHLORINATED DISTRICT” – “THE MARQUIS OF EXTENDED GRACE”

TWO SONNETS FOR SUSANNE K. LANGER AND JOHN COLTRANE

1.The scalpel of the tongue. A drill. A pen.Equation in the eye. Commanding formdemands a limit (What and how and whenand where?), a quickening thorn. Rise up, performthese acrobatics of the germ, expandthem upwards, outwards—leap from bass to lightin faceless intervals. (O, stay thy hand,destroying I. Thou ribosome!) A sight-read score, a figured base, a … Continue reading TWO SONNETS FOR SUSANNE K. LANGER AND JOHN COLTRANE

“UNTITLED”

The jigsaw puzzle depicting tiny mountainsWhispering in conspiracy about the windWhose pretension keeps it from noticing The critical pests who animate our trashHelicopters helmets and heels overheadMaking piglet shadows against the gloom of day Some things can sip tea and chat about themselves with no endWithout ever giving you a firm phrase to land onAnd … Continue reading “UNTITLED”

“ADDICT”

It never occurred to mewhat I could have accomplished in lifeif I hadn’t been lethargic in bedmanic, drunk, starving, feeling sorry for myselffor the past eight years If I hadn’t gone on those benders,smoked crack in those apartments,blew my paychecks on beer,laid in bed for two weeks,stole sandwiches to survive Would I have written a … Continue reading “ADDICT”

“MEMORY’S NEON, PART TWO”

Horoscope of PositionsFor Long Nimble Fingers Is the title—after twoThey’ll let anyone on the air “Brace yourselfFor a little spoken word “Not poetryBut the hard utterance “The future isA cogitating car “AflameAfar “A talking carThat doesn’t need you “A ski jacketThat doesn’t suit you” —after threeIt’s a different world, Hurtling through a braintube,Nothing but the … Continue reading “MEMORY’S NEON, PART TWO”

“MEMORY’S NEON, PART ONE”

In the window reflectionOf the passenger mirror Bordering fields mergeIn a casual guitar duet Of distant neon plumageLike a parrot atop its cage A creature youCan’t touch because Realism isJust breathless telling Because infinity is the most believable thingIn the dip rise stem of road stem wires Where a parish church spirePricks the gauzy plumes … Continue reading “MEMORY’S NEON, PART ONE”

“SMILE”

This is about thereckoninginvisible until shewhips her ribs forthe tank lookingglass tinted wildblue executed on theprecipice of oureyelines still invisible theserrated touch onher tongue until ouroil-slapped fingers arewaving their synthetichellos dragoon hermouth apart like a blood-spot she bares thehollowed fossil of athroat cut drainingcavernous quiet. -- Sarah Park writes from Manila, Philippines. Her work has appeared in Eunoia … Continue reading “SMILE”