The white coat says
let’s begin with A,
but will we get to Z?

 
Expect shelving.

 
There comes another
alphabet man.

 
A gathering of letters
the mark of
novel study
new blood and
fresh vocabulary—
Subject,

unvarying.

 
*

 
Another white coat and
heart amplifier descends
florescent above
feet dangling
don’t meet the cold—
separation of the sheet
beneath a tremulous figure
listening for a call

to the castle
to bypass the moat

may I step
into the stone
where hazard is at bay.

 
The deciphering of safety.

 
The deciphering of foe.

 

(from OR: A Literary Tabloid, Issue Nine, 2012)

 

 

It does not seem right,

either at inception

or execution,

from key to hammer to string

forty-eight pieces,

 

well-tempered.

 

Like a clock.

 

Like something

that is not broken.

 

Leave ideas of gestalt.

 

Leave theory,

dissection,

logic,

method,

 

supposition.

 

How many things

are not broken?

 

I like to think the man

from the island of Cos

in the Age of Pericles

and the one from Pergamum

 

like you,

 

would have seen it too.

 

 

*

 

 

How many things

are not broken?

 

(Nausikaa’s Isle: A Tribute to Paul Vangelisti, Postmedia Books: Milan, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we spend a portion of the calendar
extending and directing and
defining the clock
its semantics
this is slumber
and in our slumbering
we may find our hands and eyes
their all too frequent
arbitrary and ambiguous placement
though not until we wake
do we ever find anything if anything at all

 

(Denver Quarterly, Vol 41, No.2)

push through

the wooden entry

 

at once acquainted with and not so

step into the carpet

press upon the novel fibers

 

have I been here

can home mean potential

 

I don’t actually care

for the tone of the walls

 

the exposition

development

and recapitulation

 

I think while being held between the linens

 

(from Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2014)

The white coat says

let’s begin with A,

 

but will we get to Z?

 

Expect shelving.

 

There comes another

alphabet man.

 

A gathering of letters

the mark of

novel study

new blood and

fresh vocabulary—

 

Subject,

unvarying.

 

*

 

Another white coat and

heart amplifier descends

florescent above

feet dangling

don’t meet the cold—

separation of the sheet

beneath a tremulous figure

listening for a call

 

to the castle

to bypass the moat

 

may I step

into the stone

where hazard is at bay.

 

The deciphering of safety.

 

The deciphering of foe.

 

(from OR: A Literary Tabloid, Issue Nine, 2012)