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Gregory Donovan

Sleepwalker in the Medicine Wheel

5 September 2010
Vol. 10, No. 3

The spine snapped in two.

Showers of sparks—burning snowflakes—then out.

His rib-punctured lung…       Stop it.

                                                Start here.

Ravens at Tamalpais

2 September 2010
Vol. 10, No. 3

Bald white trunk & dead black bark, toc-toc. Small shrugs

in long black coats, their stripped pine whipping at the skyline…

swiftly unveiled, in twos and threes, ravens and the ideas

of ravens drip down onto the air, black silk scarves

pulling each other through the silk blue sleeves

in a wintry sky & out into the mind's eye to stall and dip…

Sputnik as Holy Ghost

27 August 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

Born under the sign of Stromboli, wrinkled

As the face of the two-thousand-year-old man

With skin cap tied with braided thong beneath

His chin, pulled from the bog with forceps, Ingrid

My mother, my father a guy who lived in the sky.

Triumph of the Will as Underwater Ballet

24 August 2010
Vol. 10, No. 2

The shaman finds a mirror carefully slipped

beneath the water of a running stream

will open a window in the land of the dead.

Here, the yellow and umber leaves, doom boats

strapping the current, slip quickly over the dappled

bottom where rusted wheels and bent scaffolds backdrop

The Triumph of the Will as it simmers there, bubbling,

awaiting the buoys of resurrection.

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