Volume One

Three Duets

— — Melville and Crowley If the Sperm Whale be physiognomically a Sphinx, —to the phrenologist his brain seems that geo‑ —metrical circle which…

Errata

— — P.            1,            para 3,            line 1            Small Colleges P.            4,            para 2,            line 4           pattern P.            8,            para 3,            line 5          …

Life Story

— — I started out in the Virginia mountains. Cardinals flickered against the snow like feathered garnets. – In the kitchen we strung beans….

Questions to ChaCha

— — I am a girl. Will I grow a penis, —-if I eat mushrooms? Is it bad for the baby to quit —-smoking…

Certificates

— — Birth 1964 (creased with folding) witness my hand I do hereby certify that this is a true copy a name given to…

Temper Cento

— — Move closer. I want to tell you a story. It has its blood knots, its changing water, long fingers of grass, the…

Harsh Conditions

— — Tides and storms, other times rocks. Few survive such harsh conditions; live well adapted to loss, tightly constrained, impermeable, barnacles.   Source:…

Long Ago My Father Died

— — Montana twilight and the river each day a full measure colder between poplars and among the pine needles, and from that shore…

A Little Prayer

— — God of Making Things, let me write great poems. Give me stuff to put my feet in. A line, a noun, the…

Thirteen Lines

— — blue-eyed grass with its gold hexagon/ no marsh marigolds where the water rose/ a farmer hacking at sourdock, at the strangle-roots of…