Sunday, July 29, 2007

Food for the Road

I have topped my plate with fare
from Savannah to Bel Aire
and there are places that I know
I've yet to taste, but still
I have partaken well.

I have never sampled Rome
savoured frescoes under domes
perhaps one day I will.
But I've already broken bread
on another hill instead
in Jerusalem
ah, Jerusalem.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Past Perfect

Chapped fingers snag the fabric
as fold upon fold the future frays
imperfection in a watch tick twitch
predicts the stiffened past where a man's collar
maps perfect shoreline spread in
dried pretense, the sweaty stains
gray crust of quick-buck schemes
rosy tinted ass kiss
ground in, the yellow
pique of petty peeves
all perfectly preserved in
the perfectly delicious tabloid past.

Bolt upon bolt unwinds the lighted
sweatshop night dance, the fingers
blur all our loss in the needling whir
of this moment's obsession,
quaint relic Redeemer
assigned his half remembered slur
does not appear, we much prefer
this moistened moment as our own
with all it's juicy past foretold.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Singapore Sing

A hundred head scarves, maybe more
black among white pulled tight
carpet seated clustered, captivated
alongside Dior and other flashy
fleshy airport ads

they lean attentive

toward a group of youths and girls
who spontaneous, stand by
to sing and mime in language
they're quite drinking in.

Afterwards an animated girl
among the singers says
two dozen words about a God who
shows his love by death
and offers up his work
by life remade.
The head-scarves all attend, then
clap and wave their thanks,
make much of them.
And afterwards I tell the forthright girl
that she's been brave to speak.
"Not so brave as them," she says,
"To Saudi Arabia tonight they fly
to serve as maids."

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Australian animal art

I have been posting poems on Terse Verse for over a year. And I will continue as ideas surface, though probably less often because of energy and time going to a new project experiment.
Later in July my collaborator, Marion and I plan to start posting frequent (probably 5 days a week) original Australian animal art here on a new blog. (Paintings and hand-made prints.) If you would like to receive an email when the first piece goes up, please leave a comment below or send us an email:

BTW our books are available from Bandicoot Books. :-)