Saturday, September 27, 2014

The World In a Turtle Shell

                         ... as leaves push against the screen door

                                                                                         ... my Lakota grandmother appears

           ... it's yours now she says

                                                     ... hands me the world in a turtle shell

My reading of this poem on public radio:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Floating Above Eight Strings

                       String Theory:

                              ... two a.m. / playing that song on the mandolin (even the word a cliche)

                       ... floating above eight strings ... begging for solid ground    

Painting by Alexander Volkov

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sounds I'd Miss

                                              ... sounds the world could do without but I'd miss them:

                          ... kitchen radio playing low 

                                                                                               ... a phone ringing at the end of a hall

                                                     ... tires in the driveway

Monday, September 15, 2014

Van Gogh Eyes

               ... december nineteen hundred and ninety six

                                                                            ... he sits on the kitchen counter

                                 ... van gogh eyes / beard the color of autumn

                                                                                               ... pours me another glass of rosanne cash

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sifting Through the Ruins

                 ... sifting through the ruins / mapping sunlight through the trees

The photograph is mine.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

On the Top Step

                                       ... on the top step of the fire tower we carve our initials

                  ... our last day in the red canoe

Friday, September 5, 2014

White Sheer Curtains

                                                           ... hearts seared by white sheer curtains

                               ... the honeyed light of summer's end


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Autumn Arrives

                        ... with a flask of whiskey autumn arrives 

                                                                           ... suitcase full of damp leaves / late falling apples

                                     ... Great Aunt Stella ... drunk on sunlight

The photograph is mine.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Afternoon Nap

                                     ... September in the mountains / the shadow of butterfly wings   


Photograph by Jeff Barron