He was scarcely ten years old when he was arrested for the first time for vagabondage.
My nickname at school is Tony the All-Night Pony. When I read a poem that I like I will write it down in one of my black leather journals.
Poetry, like the world, may be said to have four ages, but in a different order: the first age of poetry being the age of iron; the second, of gold; the third, of silver; and the fourth, of brass.
Too few know when they have Enough; and fewer know how to employ it.
Let observers observe the blue sky not only in winter when the earth is covered with snow, but in summer when it is covered with dark green foliage. This will help to unravel the complicated phenomena in question.
This is eternal, this lack of skill and know-how, this devout, this impractical, this inoculated pink and golden dawn, one or two languages in bed, a desk, a bureau, a table, two or three chairs. I stayed awake. I stayed among…
I woke up thinking there were beautiful people under the covers. I woke up thinking beauty had followed me home in the form of an economical soap. If only…
9 January 2006
When I was a child, the government
tattooed my mother's blood type under
her left arm. Nuclear meltdown
was inevitable, they said. Soon, they would
flood my town to build a reservoir…
In the big fun
disaster, I revisit every place
we loved one another and cry, I fall
asleep to the same song in the back of a Jeep
night after night…
25 January 2006
gravitino: Did I know her?
white dwarfs: boxes under the stairs
dragons: monopoles, domain walls, …banished
axion: I hear footsteps behind me
27 January 2006
Pitch: The shy guys explode
Duration: Calculate important events to celebrate
Intensity: Dishes are broken. Loose bricks fall from buildings
Timbre: Source translation with peephole
25 February 2006
The first was a fish skeleton.
But you don't want
the top of your head
to dart and shift
27 February 2006
You may already have won $10,000!
That's not what you'd hoped
to sift from passing traffic, no…
3 December 2005
He has been hit by a train, totaled his car five times,
Nearly starved to death due to malnutrition,
Has had malignant cancer three times, has one lung,
And almost drowned to death on several occasions.
21 February 2006
If I brush your cheek
with this finger
you'll still not know
the real poems I
had stashed for you
in that box.
Jenny kiss'd me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
Come live with me and be my Love…
There's a moment in every dog's life
when it surrenders its dogginess
to a greater good…
7 December 2005
One weekend in June, we rushed
The shore, hoping
For a mass baptism, one
Might guess. We wore nothing,
And she carried the saddest look
Of anyone in that crowd.
I have stood beside you, saying this, as you reach into the cupboard for another stack of dry noodles. You eat them with the dead still on, with the sticky deadness still on…
11 February 2006
Heat forces everything
nearer, a gloved hand squeezing.
On one shoulder the mourners
carry their dead…
5 December 2005
You pull a name from the river, cradle
it to your breast. It is a twitching egg,
a pitcher of bees you wish to pour skyward.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds…
Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
In thee thy summer, ere thou be distill'd…
20 January 2006
The hem of the curtain hits
the windowsill like a riding whip.
To the finish line.
22 January 2006
The job description reads, roughly, hooked on the bang-bang
To kill you first must obfuscate, say
"Ammo more expensive than a gun"
"Let's buy a bullet! Who's got bread?"
A bagful of nickels in exchange for a bagful of black detergent that smelled of sliced oranges. They even shook on it.