Sunday, October 31, 2010

Musing, Halloween

Your days of looking good are gone.

Oh well.

This really shouldn’t mark the dawn

of hell.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Daughter

Why had she come to me?
Who was her red-haired mother?
Was she cuddling in a blanket in a cold
October night beneath an orange sky?
Or was she huddling in a shell amid
the algae, amphibiously breathing,
at the bottom of an orange sea?

Why had she come to me?
I seemed to know a lot about her.
I knew she had a talent for calligraphy
and couldn’t stand the sound of people
chewing. She had an aptitude
for algebra: its wyes and exes
were alive to her. She laughed

at anything that moved. She had
a predilection for ignoble men. She liked
to tell you you were right, and then
say you were right again. She wasn’t
ever sure when to say when.
Why had she come to me? Why did
I sense her sigh – soft in the orange sky –

or underwater – meant she had
come to tell me that she was
my daughter? No way, my dear.
I’m gay, my dear. Yet still, it seemed,
her provenance was clear. My child?
Dreams at Halloween: more wistful,
strangely mild – than terrible, or wild.


Friday, October 29, 2010

The Spirit of My Violin

The spirit of my violin floods in. The bow
is an affliction, vibrato an addiction.
The urge to touch it so it yields its glory

is as bluntly irredeemable as desperately
wanting to feel up a stranger’s thigh.
The difficulties make you want to cry.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Since You

Once sentient past all reckoning –
tanned, muscular, and tall,

the sentry now is nearly blind
and pink and plump and small.

It sits on ledges overlooking
nothing much at all.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Universe’s Mother

Tomorrow, when you plan your daily trip
to buy another sack of onions, find
an iridescent dressy gown to walk
through town in: rouge your cheeks

and lips; peruse until you’ve picked
the right green picture hat with slinky
yellow, purple feathers, pinkish ribbons;
sport some rosy gloves; and choose

your stronger walking shoes to help you
promenade more comfortably through
more unexamined mews and avenues
than usual of your penumbral city.

Prettily take pity on the strangers whom
you wave to who behave as if the day
were not as strange as they are to each
other. Be the Universe’s mother.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

Fragmented, consumed by night,
this vision doesn’t come in peace,
but pieces – radiating bands of blood
and bruising blue compete with – lose
against – a flood – immensity – of black;
it’s hard to track the pink remains of face,
whose eyes – always the eyes! –

might offer symphonies of sense,
or even grace – or be so dense
and out of place and reach, there’s little
you can think to do to breach the distance:
his mouth is almost gone: right cheek
and jaw lost to whatever creeping law
determines an obliteration – whatever

mass of an abyss seems randomly to want
to swallow this: yet still you want
to follow this: experience the final kiss.
Existence is and isn’t, was and wasn’t.
Everything persists until it doesn’t.
Lah-di-dah-di-dah-di-day. Let tubas,
tympani and violins come out to play.


Monday, October 25, 2010

The Creature’s Gaze

The thing that kills has kindness in its eyes,
the thing that loves can hate –
Each holds its hidden regions of surprise;
the locked-up door, the open gate

are equally an option: a condition
less of choice, it seems, than chance –
the importuning of a heart’s petition
may as neatly stop as start the dance.

The creature looks at me expectantly:
I want to think I see its gaze
is touched with some wise quiet irony
beyond all blaming and all praise.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Large Bald Man

The large bald man, remembering,
forgets his glass of wine.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Final Fruit

Your family’s long gone.
Are you the way they carry on?
Their aptitudes, inaptitudes – the parts
that promulgate their hearts

in you – in all their different ways –
have they become what frays
and weighs against your free autonomy?
Are you the final fruit, or the entire dying tree?


Friday, October 22, 2010

A Dream Escaped Again

A dream escaped again.
Whatever it had just devolved into the mixing and the draining of –
whirling bits of algebra, illicit lust and grandma’s withheld love –
it seemed, according to its ever-unknown scheme,

to have achieved whatever it decided it should do –
quick-slipped and slicked right out of you
back to
wherever dreams go on.

One wonders if they also undergo the dusk, deep night and dawn
they make us voyage through.
Perhaps they are a cosmic psychical contagion
passing through: infecting us

with blurry hope and rue.
Perhaps they are a kind of glue.
Perhaps without them we’d evaporate from view.
Rather like they do.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Treat

Sitting, strangely pleased with his cacophony –
as if he were the product of a sneeze –
a god’s divine, unplanned, unpalatable allergy –

a rank mistaken circumstance, unmeant
and irredeemable, but here – he found
within his weirdly colored random angles

more than ample reason to feel cheer: to be
complex without significance was almost sweet.
This Existence thing might be a treat.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another Human Face

Another human face
amalgamated in today
to place its yellow, pink

and black voluminousness
into white unheeding
space in front of me.

I never ask for anything
I get. But I don’t fret –
I have the prize, no matter

how disturbing are its
contours or its colors
or its size – or if it has,

like this one, more than
usually pensive inexplicably
tormented eyes: as if

it thinks I might decode,
define the strangeness
in its carnival disguise.

I hate to have to tell
this pink, black, yellow
man I never can.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Disquisition on the Nature of Him, Today

Cosmos equals panic –
broken, badly reapportioned
sets of limbs and torsos,

savagely undone by sun:
color is too brutal
to be undergone. Everyone’s

an imminence, a bomb –
outfitted peculiarly –
hormonal volatilities

that charge your old
mammalian barge
and make it tremble, bulge

and steam like hell.
Someone rang the bell.
Throw the towel in.

Open up a crack. Blow
a little agency into the hole
in you and see if anything

comes back. Nothing
stops. Call the cops.
There are no cops.


Monday, October 18, 2010

My Muse

She ministers to shimmering unlikelihoods,
persuading them to congregate and conjugate and play –
she gathers all-but-slaughtered colors so abused
by notions of il faut they’d long ago forgotten where to go –
she gives the great grand quantity of the ejected

some experience, not of the stodgy condescension
of respect, but of the gladder gallantry of no-holds-barred
affection – baking in the sexual contextual
expression of Imagination’s oven: seducing,
just by introducing any rank unpalatability to any other –

to permit another coalesced impossibility a swooning
entrance to the coven which, as witch, she rules.
She remonstrates against unquestioned tastes
and vindicates most fools. She wears embarrassments
like jewels. I’d like to let her loose in schools.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Brilliantly Awry

Sorrows bright as circuses
came up today in pieces.
Shards of feeling
in a reeling thesis –

whose premise seemed to be
that agony arises stained
with random beauties
that the heart has rained

upon it: nothing isn’t
brilliantly awry.
So much
meets the eye.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Naughty Adjective Audition

All day naughty adjectives come by!
Makes me want to cry.
“Let me show you how I’d modify –
believe me, sweetz, I qualify,”
one simpered, aiming each blue-shadowed eye

straight at the spots it knew I craved to satisfy:
the swelling blankness that afflicts my
bare nouns, naked predicates. “Add an L-Y,
honey, and I’ll be an adverb – on the sly.”
Eyed my fly. Naughty adjectives aren't shy.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Notes to Self


Let nothing be what it had been
except when otherwise it would have had to be
what it could not have been had it been

otherwise. Do not surmise! Excise
the least impediment to understanding that which
once may have been understood

beyond the intercession of the understanding
of the thing which had obtained
before you started.


Tons and tons
of things to do!
Hunnilingus –
and Fung Ku!
Egg Yung Foo!
Tons and tons
of things to do!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Four Naked Thoughts

I blinked – and saw four
naked thoughts rush round
in flushed pursuit – to chase?
no – to escape and to erase

wherever they’d just been
as if for me to find whatever
they had trafficked in
would constitute such

monstrous sin that none of us
could possibly survive.
And then I blinked again
and they were gone – had

dived back to that packed
impenetrable dawn where
thoughts put their alarming
and transparent raiment on.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Your Secret Uncle Otto

Next time you feel the urge to get up out of bed,
turn on the light, and sing, go ahead and do the thing.
Behind you, find your secret Uncle Otto, impresario! –
hungry for the chance! – song-and-dance-man
invoked to stoke you up
to boogie down: the clown who cannot wait

to set you prancing through the gate:
feel him imploring in back of you,
to crack it open, crank it up –
kick your doubt and wail it out,
whack it – with a wide vibrato.
Do it till you’re blotto.

Say good night to Uncle Otto.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Every moment is eternity,
a spot-lit instant on the podium,
a chance to seize the opportunity
to rail against the dark opprobrium

of fear.
Even when it is a blitz,
Life is dear.
So what if nothing fits.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Till Death Do You Part

Life sits waiting
like a date
met in a chat room
on the Internet –
zaftig and opinionated,

drinking something
pink, alien
as lead: a hook-up
whom you have to
take to bed.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Man In You

Groggily ascending from a lengthy dive,
the man in you arrived today, sooty
from the smoke of the decay of your

complacency: at last released to play
in all his dangerously blue and gold array
of blunt virility. Grumpy, half-awake –

an awkward infacility – pissed at having
been ignored – he’s bored up into you:
you gasp and blink: he is the stink

of the commencement of the primal day,
with its insistence you’re alive. Be vigilant:
the man in you decided to arrive.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Spirits of Unequal Love

The spirits of unequal love
(one from below, one from above)
came down and up to me today,

entwined their warring chocolate,
strawberry flavors in a calm
complacent sort of way, resigned

to the design of their unpalatable
bond. One remembered one of them
had once desired the other more,

but neither could recall who’d played
that dreary bore. But here they
are again, much as before.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tango with the Tangle

You never plan to wrangle
with yourself but sometimes
speculation strangles in your

internecine mesh of cognitive
equations and subordinating
doubts and soon you find

you lack the barest clue about
how to pursue what you had
started out by thinking you

should do, where you should
go. You rather like the tango
with the tangle, though.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Creature To Confess To

She had alarming predilections: finger-painted
walls in fuller lurid tints than even her peculiar skin
evinced, with its disturbing range of violets and pinks
and blues: she was a grand mélange of coalescing
perturbations, swarming hues: visited by strangers,

labeled strumpet, grew her hair into a trumpet into which
entire souls divulged their vagrant fears: her hidden ear
took in the whole of everything: she was the creature
to confess to – to profess to – to lay out the spread,
and picnic on it with you until both of you were fed.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

La-di-deedle-doo to You!

Let me take a soft extended moment
to alert you that the next time
you wake up and cannot quite imagine

how to talk or otherwise engage
in human intercourse of any kind,
expect to find me peering into your

extravagant amorphousness
and thinking it the sweetest thing.
Just sit there like a pudding while I sing.


Monday, October 4, 2010

What It’s Hungry For

Strange to have to make it up again,
all over, every day. Summon it from
your elaborate collaborative core:

conjugate its tensions into sense, coax
it to warm form, coalescing out of all
the jabber and the lore, sired from

desire, thick resistance to desire –
gathering what conscious strands
you can into at least the simulacrum

of a man: breathing it to sentience –
enough to get it to the bathroom, make it
pee and shave and shower and put

contact lenses in to see what manner
of a power in the mirror might today be
looking back at it. Strange to have to face

the lack in it, and steer its apparatus
towards the door, hoping that today it
might get more of what it’s hungry for.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Memory of Then

He had to push his ardor harder,
risk extinguishing the pulse –
certain that the light of the exertion
would exhilarate. Surely there’d be

something so inimitably glorious
about effecting such a tumult,
such a burning, such a chaos,
such a spill. So what if it would kill.


Saturday, October 2, 2010


Blue seeks boudoirs to beleaguer:
today, in one, it found the loveliest
mulberry-colored easy chair upon

which, backwards, it could drape its
azure indolence, turquoise despair:
it likes the way this boudoir’s filmy

pastel curtains frame its pestilence:
waits for sweethearts to return so
it can make them spurn each other:

loves pretty rooms to spread
a gloomy view. Wouldn’t you?


Friday, October 1, 2010

Your Own Dark Case

Sprouting slowly up in browns, dull greens
and blues and purples, stricken by
a sudden superfluity of hopelessness,
your own dark case – some base experiment
your mind had thought to wield upon itself –

from which the whole of you now can’t retreat –
odd! – goosed, released into the atmosphere
by joy – wherein you had remembered
how he’d run across a loud Manhattan street
all goofy-limbed and toothy, roaring,

soaring awkwardly when he was probably eleven,
ten – a boy: and how this vast deliciousness
had proved he’d really lived. And how
the memory had severed, sieved from
its progenitor, long dead, into the head

of someone – you – who now remembered
for him – echoing, vicarious, alone. One brother
breathes, another died. Slippery, this silent ride:
to languish in this anguish, take its measure.
The greatest secret is the pleasure.