Month: February 2014

6 Quatrains for My Sister

for Roxann 1 She puts the French fries up her nose, then returns them to their package. Her hungry students take them and eat them, even though they’ve seen what she did.

A Writer in the Norton Introduction to Literature was Born in 1981

Her name is Alicia And the photo next to the title Of her story is a black and white shot Wherein she rests her left cheek Against her right denim-clad knee. Her glowing face reveals Baby fat on her cheeks. Her closed-mouth smile is…

The Sister You Imagine

for Kelly In the ravine west of Grade School Hill, We discovered a 5-gallon whiskey bottle, Ridiculous brown totem, impossible giant, Lying in the leaves behind a wooden shack Of a house. She cleaned it up and it became Her piggy bank, stuffed through…

Reconciliation

Reconcile: from the Latin reconciliare (to bring together again), from re (again) + conciliare (to make friendly, conciliate) Dead grasses hide the cityscape. Death becomes life becomes A continual process we forget because we are all about now, all about the waters poured into…

Artemis

An absence of darkness that runs through light, The shape of a second thought borne on dreams, The tailwind of the world’s desire breathes Its tortured wisdom into the dead land Whose birth is easing out winter’s decay With the slime of greenness more…

What Remains

The ravine is littered with fallen branches From elm trees refusing to become corpses, With the crumpled bark of sycamore And the decaying cedar that crackles Like popcorn when you put it into the fire. Beat your chest, lover, and summon the gods Who…