Oh, You Did That? (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Jun 2019 in Art, Poems

    Oh, You Did That? (Denigrate All Achievements)   Feathering yourself as a useful magpie Quick and quicker your knack to apply that eye Does a trained birdbrain need a pat on the head Flies know a trick too Everything carrion to them banquet once to you And it is the spoilment we speak […]

Killing Frost (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Jun 2019 in Art, Poems

    Killing Frost   Morning on the inside is only glass and curtains A saint might have heard voices He fingers the fly in the ointment and fills a pot With liver-colored beans no stench Like the burning of chili powder and this punishing cheap food And wariness too fine to read He lies […]

Distract Us (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jun 2019 in Art, Poems

    Distract Us   She hadn’t got the chance to finish her story, the corner fire let, if gas might do no worse than burn blue, be. Let night fall then, somewhat like in hue, dusk’s velvet box creak its hinge, evening solitaire and satellite its chippy twin, or evil, attic-rummage legacies enough smelling […]

Castello dei Banditi: Third Battle Stations

Posted by ractrose on 5 Jun 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly Battle Stations     Castello dei Banditi   Companions among Toscana’s dead Dead of centuries whose tombs Are plundered of their gold, but of their masonry As well, sledged by quarriers shaping chamber walls Cornerstones re-founding Christian halls Those seats of state where patriarchs and queens Departed granted favour yet, or […]

The Good People (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 1 Jun 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Good People   You have plans to be courageous More than that, you’ve plotted in effect You often, walking down the street Armor yourself in the wingèd hauberk Of the Exiled King Or Queen (she too) Some part of her still trained to long for The Wizard-Man (that alter-state of mind carries […]

First to Come Ashore (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 27 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    First to Come Ashore   Betrayal and surprise are reasonable things Now we live on Ocean in floating boils of aluminum Open hatch, rope in on Drop Days inflatable rings Netted centers packed, and water Better to wash with and drink (outside stuff desalinated, never wholly uncontaminated) Crackers and raisins in tight six-day […]

Dum-dum (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 24 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    Dum-dum   What the assembly wants to understand Everyone we are on page three hundred sixty-four The hour is near the break Watch through years of circling the outerbelt Neighborhoods go down once the charred shape of a wing shorn Plane was a moment worth eulogizing stamped On the split-levels of a small […]

Poison in the Marrow: Tenth Pale Knight

Posted by ractrose on 18 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    The Folly The German Spy     Poison in the Marrow   Now Trout had had an aunt A woman inculcated with a fair education Of course, one mustn’t laugh No. There, but for the grace of… She’d spoken of burning one’s Rubicons behind one He feels, coming to himself, the point is […]

Transposed (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 15 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    Transposed   The wreckage walks mumbling beneath a slack jaw “That’s right” He tells himself, some plans in ruin are transposed Today the wretched knick-knackery composes all Dry cleaning, tweeds to wedge away until the sky turns grey Arch, the eyebrow raised, the place descending Underneath the bridge where cups bob in the […]

Entrée (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 14 May 2019 in Art, Poems

    Entrée   Touché, Stingray, time to play I think they do respect it Respect it in the way of fearing it Fearing in the way of doubting all their money spent Procured them more than a costly duplicate Intuited ahead of the pace of classwork By the fresh new voice and rat-a-tat footwork […]