SPIRAL SHELL

reading the inscription on your tombstone an abandoned road soon becomes impassible except on foot or horseback dumplings, broiled, steamed, and fried involving pork, chicken, Chinese cabbage, tofu. more ginger and any amount of garlic, scallions, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts a bronze bespattered snake coils elegantly through an alligator-skin sandal nothing funny about us, […]

CAKEWALK

a trio of Asian dancers a topless dancer in a red mask squats with a white banner a ring, as wholeness allowing the hole that opens opportunity white laundry in autumn yellow have enough for us, the good steward tide marsh as a frosted tangle the luxurious interior of a log cabin with plank floors […]

PRELUDE & FUGUE 49/

to lovers who were never quite present *   *   * good-bye in the night who never were lovers repeatedly saying good-bye in the night who never were lovers repeatedly saying good-bye in the present night who never were tubercular contortions or squiggles good-bye tubercular squiggles to lovers’ night repeatedly saying never quite contortions squiggles repeatedly […]