03 March 2023

Postcard 203

Put your mask back on 
There's not much underneath
Brittle skull too thin to hold
your  chattering white teeth

Put your mask back on
Shoot steel BB's touch steel mind
Mimetics, mnemonics. Mankind
its lead or lead

un baises de la main droite
un e Claque den gauche
c'ets comme ca qu'on fait
Dan's mon pays. Oi?

five point five six, man
lay meat by the pound
drink gas  down by the gallon
but bill up front by the blood hour
spin gold by the ounce
Kodachrome 35 mill is still louche

But in my country, we take the sea
with both hands until its is fallow

Postcard 202


(from prompt)
A Light Switch:

My friend, the bonded electrician, is
ACDC competent in all the
tricks of the trade & handly knows the
difference between breaker and a switch

My friend was -- top to bottom -- gently taught
all about resistance as a light tug
and how to wield the measured spark of hand
insulated softly within leather glove

My friend possesses journeyman's wisdom
well portioning force in the queering volt
Frequency: when to open, when to hold
and always, the right tool for the right job

My friend says -- power flows like water. Don't
get caught downstream without a good paddle

25 February 2023

Postcard 201


    I am that fine point where all things converge
    The perch of every bird             -- those messengers
    buzzing humming thumping                                     zip
    What are these poets singing? flashing out so cavalier

    its a riff on time, they say
    its a riff on time

    I am the moving empty thing
    invisible and gathered all in bundles        --wire lined
    fletched light and light winged                            chittering
    all I see unspooled and telegraphed

    its a riff on time see
    its a riff on time

06 December 2022

Postcard 200

UNDER MY FEET: old heeled boots scuff
black against the spin of the world                                                        -- rollerskate grace
in that liquid spot between
fly and fall, off and down

IN MY HANDS I CARRY: scars and pain exquisite etch
of every path of flesh. Children lovers parents friends                         -- all
carriers of sweet passion rough work and sweat
(they rub an ache mutual, and we recall)

a bundle of minor miracles. All things I have ever known
come to me -- a hive to honeybees mundane                                        --sweet things
and sizzling on impossible wings

28 November 2022

Postcard 199

Autumn has its own demon -- a shudder of locust skins
Bones out and well burnished, a woodsy soil hound
Haunting and haunted, rotting leather bound.

You know the smell -- oily death and oily hair
It enters as the rust caparisoned gentleman
Rattle branch top hat, dead man's cane

The blazing costume cannot sustain --
the demon's in the details -- death
decomposition, ancient pains

Hair and nails do not grow, but remain
Look! the demon's sad dance, no sweep no sway
A pile of dust, leaves blown away

How is the hoarmouth fed?
With empty cold inevitable. There is dry desire,
quaking lust for viscera, the demon's fall fires

viscera unspooled offal, stone
and guts, piled and steaming finally
in autumns dust

24 November 2022

Postcard 198

We play the knot beyond the fray
The loop is destined of the bend
Wrap & wrap. Wrap clean to stay & mind
Hold in mind, yet where do loose ends lay

The loop is destined to the bend
Bind secure. Secure is bound
There is an end. There is
another end. Find kink

Find weakness, find crimp, find fray
Tease each fiber, Splice mend & mind
Hold in mind: cord is rope
is strand is sheet is line

To hook to spar bite lash & bind
The loop is destined to the bend
The burn, the hand. The pinion, limbs
The knot, the mind. Hold in mind

and mind make
fast make fast

14 October 2022

Postcard 197

Some Definitions:


    -thoroughly alone



    -to be under control

    -give in

    -surrender to


    -to give back from under

    -to leave with intensive force


    -pain's own action it cannot understand

29 September 2022

Postcard 196

September, Thursday of the Year

At a certain low angle of the sun
the day's genesis of water-striders
glitter with inscrutable drive to eat
to fuck to die. The crawdads too decide
to leave their keeps with shallow scurry blooms

Batteries of clouds charge the horizon
Ancient, how many dragonflies have been?
Shooting over the valley's high anvils
bullrush, thrush, collapse, clap, thunder drives us in

After the funeral, I danced dirty
with with widow of the father who died
in the house-fire. All God's children orphaned
desolate, bereft, clipped and beating

Of all this we make music

22 September 2022

Postcard 195


The time
is finally here
time to leave

The birds
are casting off
their moorings

The trees
are casting off
their leaves

rake plow

I curse the day
I threw a handful of poems
like dragon's teeth into the sea

Even there
you reap as you sow
every word its own demise

I skip
as the stones I throw
And do I wobble

I dont fly
What are these black wings seeking?
to flutter? to beat again?

Word to the wise:
when the waves retreat
don't go looking for the sea

15 September 2022

Postcard 194


The Moon is weary of all this.
The perpetual motion and perpetual monotony.
The moon feels forever held in tension between the pull of two mighty bodies.
Though if the Moon sits in ts darkness it senses a third, bodyless pull
                                                      -- a pull to void.

The Moon certainly entertains this pull,
but it is just suggestion. The Moon finds itself in a situation
it cannot escape without plunging fully
and catastrophically into one of its two seducers or
                                                       ripping itself apart.

And what of the two beguiling forces?
Are they as subtle as they feel,
or is the precarious balance between them
the source of the feathery elliptical tugging?

The one is distant but so impossibly radiant.
It makes the Moon feel seen, but is the Moon being seen?
Or is it just reflection? If only the Moon could know it was
its own voluptuous curves, its own time earned scars being illuminated,
                                                          rather than just the other's brilliance...

And the other... upon this one the Moon teased effect,
had tickled blue -- with its own small force -- to brown and green.
But what was given back? The close embrace seemed more a projection
of desire. Now? The Moon hangs so tautly
                                                        -- madness