TV Culture: Mr. Prosecutor (poem)

      Mr. Prosecutor   The witness/killer weeps He is surprised…bushwhacked by a tactic “Mother doesn’t care.” Mother, he tells the doctor, is just outside in her rose garden Often since Papa died I find her staring at the fountain He calls to her from the patio, apologizes, she has gone upstairs “She’s having […]

Keep his distance (poem)

    Keep his distance   He is much closer now to his condemners Manners, if good social manners would stop the driver of a van He will sit, monitor this scene through a dirty screen A wireless device at rest near his resting hand Hand that touches no lover’s knee She in the seat […]

Witness (poem)

      Witness   “You don’t like me. I want you to like me.” Was that charming? Half an answer came And it was, “No, I don’t think…” Then, “about you at all” had to become “I really know you.” And so another guest, who seemed to be her husband, said “And when you […]

From Rattus: Investigation (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Jul 2021 in Art, Poems

      Investigation   Think of a reasonable start Think of property Attribute Value or character Kernel, bare-bones truth Pith, intrinsic worth, the molten core The heart of gold, the nut Diamond in the rough The call, the mission, cause Awakening The deaf, the empty vessel, cabbage head The beckoning dead, the comfortably seated […]

Eight: final resolution (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jun 2021 in Art, Poems

      final resolution   what is the divine to lift you above the shits of the world   Who sits aloft, alone what is It to love with evenhandedness and no one, no one released from that embrace no matter what they’ve done   then, what is the divine so large a thing […]

Caught Alone (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 19 Jun 2021 in Art, Poems

      Caught Alone   Loved one, they gather on the stairs The passageway is closed The door will jar against a darting shape Unnoticed, their kind, snuffed in the daily cataclysm One will tear the fabric Go   She is standing in the kitchen of her mother’s house Caught alone Under the pop-eyed […]

Eight: suggested proof (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Jun 2021 in Art, Poems

      suggested proof   if they were friends, and independent, their odds were not bad if their status had been desperately unequal, and dependence soon afterwards began… millstones, albatrosses, balls-and-chains five o’clocks in bars and hopes of new friends but time is the enemy of stable things a nature that finds contentment wants […]

Mettle (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jun 2021 in Art, Poems

      Mettle   “U,” she said. The captain watched. Her complexion had grown icy blue, a certain vibrancy of disintegration marred his perception that she lived. She might have activated her Afterglow, this conversation might be the final testimony, brief window of immortality, as technology afforded “U,” she said. “What, Riva,” he asked […]

The Dismaying (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 5 Jun 2021 in Art, Poems

      The Dismaying   Seriousness, ha, ha, ha surplus responsibility from I love you Don’t, these days, be loved Think hard, take an hour, on relevancy on impact, on whether unimpactful relevancy or relevance without counts. Is modern. Modern? Modern Modern Modern Modern Begins to look like a dark kingdom’s moniker Was modernity […]

From Rattus: Bears the Punishment (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Jun 2021 in Art, Poems

      Bears the Punishment   I am proof of God’s existence Proof, to assemble it, I construct in opposition I make the non of a thing its being I am the eye of the storm Meaning seeks me I am taught by taped confessions Flakes of soul reduplicated Defenestrated stiffs of history Waters […]