First Wake

FIRST WAKE in memory of my brother Norman Rockwell could have painted you tying your blue Keds by the hearse half moons of armpit sweat darkening your baseball shirt a Bazooka bubble hanging from your lips No breeze shakes the half-dead elm the asphalt’s black fire stinging our feet We huddle in the funeral home’s […]

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Hearting

HEARTING             the stones or the process of filling the space between two faces of a stone wall The farm is slated for auction—my father’s last social gathering. The scrum of sheds and the dancing barns gamble their nails and plead for a patch of tin, a spank of hammer. Pigeons, weary as fog-rubbed roofs, […]

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worship

worship we all seek heroes even make them up .                       invent them famous athletes who are felons .                       and wife beaters flamboyant rock stars spoiled brats .                       who can’t sing leaders who forget they are leading .                       out of hubris too many are famous for being famous .                       or infamous it’s hard to have heroes […]

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Anatomy Lesson

Anatomy Lesson Gold-anodized plaques depict the human race. Conceived by Sagan, they arrow through space toward Taurus two-million years away, the man’s right hand raised as if to convey welcoming wishes of our soft bodies, naked, intact. All of NASA agrees that this is the image we should broadcast instead of what remains after the […]

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