Sunday, September 21, 2014

Present Tense

do I need Jim Thompson
what do I gain by reading
not for the memory doing
for doing forgetting O.K.

against the time I go blind
synthesized voices readers
alternatives abound looking
forward to the present tense

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where I Am

I don't have to go they come to me
it seems so gross transporting the body
clear across the country in a seated position

I am at the Jefferson Market Library
enjoying Magie's talk about the Caffè Cino
saying hello to Mari-Claire Paul Bob and John

I am outside 441 East Ninth Street
at the dedication of Frank O'Hara's plaque
remembering talk music a night with Joe LeSueur

they come to find me where I am
the body not so important anymore no one
flirts with me I don't need to physically be there

Friday, September 19, 2014

Way Out

can I say off base
is it a baseball metaphor
a military metaphor
a cliche
what is a better expression
can I use an existing expression
trapped in language
we repeat what we hear
trying to be understood
we say the same thing
because it is the same thing
we are the same
a middle class
artist-intellectuals
born in the 1930s
think your way out of that

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hippie Essences

Hölderlin in Chinese im Schwarzwald
thanks to Jonas Mekas longtime friend
I don't really know but love for being

hippie essences still fragrant beautiful
senses still respond exotic subtleties
beyond within every day's new collage

In Addition

the cock crows
he is up and writing
slow dim daylight
reveals parched lawn
time reforms resumes
anticipation of meals
regular activities to
punctuate the time
interaction with others
in addition to art
not quite saying
everything he means

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not Waiting

the situation is not desperate yet
not here but everywhere around
still to come inevitably deadly

wait for it as if not waiting being
oneself doing what one does to
beguile the time cultivate love

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Too Personal

I wrote something else removed it
was too personal myself with other
keep it private for special reasons
not everything needs to be public

my own secrets ready to be read
if anybody's interested I tell all
my lesser moments with the best
friends better than they can know

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Fate

air very smoky
good you're not
here is this our
fate not to be
able to breathe

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How We Are

what is special blueberry pancakes
weeding blueberries Mozart Bach
tuna sandwich dreaming pingpong
modern dance typically undressed

don't ask and you won't be told
and if you are much is forgotten
in-between moves feeling talking
about how we are and understand

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Higher Education

beneficial outcomes suggest low-dose lithium
would help neurons essential to human living
adjusted input normally preserves momentum

this is no substitute for thought and sensitivity
subtle insight arising if allowed and prepared
sharing enhances art's impact consequence

the impulse goes on without higher education
progress can be made by intention desirous
striving open inspired fast reading at random