Monday, April 23, 2018

WHERE ~








Where






down

along

slipped

moss dark

hollow never

too wide so

we can leap

back &

forth I

like to see

your hair

brighten

through the

hemlocks

stream







He Told Her I Was Very Sore







from pounding spikes upward

all day into old beams

and I am



out in the sun

resting flat on a pile of fresh planks I see

her come up through the woods trail to

massage my troubled shoulders



she is golden

green leaf top blouse

a very easy stride and gentleness

watching her come closer I am nearly healed





I See Forever






Although chilly

We were there at daylight

And walked from

Where you slipped off your shoes

Nothing but water — a salt air —

The toss of a hill

Where we sat, ladling these small stones

Even smaller

Which quickly filled the pockets of your dress






I Cut A Massive Maple Tree Down






I cut a massive maple tree down

Long long ago

I sculptured the tree stump into a chair

I sat up there

I also sat up there with my baby son

I sat up there with my love

I later saw my love sitting up there alone in the sun

She had a checkered red and black wool shirt

Thrown with the blondest hair

Then a chipmunk sat there for longer than you would think

And today I tore the carbonized tissue stump apart with my hands

All of it, very easily

And my son visited us with his wife for part of the afternoon

And in a week she was gone




————————————
BOB ARNOLD
I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012


 




Sunday, April 22, 2018

RICHARD WILBUR & ROBERT LOWELL ~








ADVENIAT ~





M O R E






The tree farm's endless

rows of pines — my road to

his nursing home







There it was —

the old man's face

at a newsstand in Florence







I don't know

who's cutting our names

into the headstone







Bird tracks

in snow —

Dear Francis






Eyes shut tight —

there's

the old place







Finally graceful —

driftwood on

an iced-in shore







A small bird's song

the furnace

switches on







———————————

from Adveniat
John Martone
Red Moon Press
2018







Saturday, April 21, 2018

DRIFTER'S ESCAPE ~










CHASING PIRATES ~






JAZZ AND POP ~





A beautifully made book and illustrated
with deeply appraised essays of 57 albums
that should have you playing the albums
as you read ~
Superb!







Thursday, April 19, 2018

ORPHIC PARIS ~





I was going to include a recent interview with Henri Cole
but I found the presentation by the interviewer so over wrought
and ruining the elegant spacing and timing of Cole's
own presentation that I left well alone.
This is a lovely book.
As is.





New York Review of Books
2018