Away Like Dust (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jul 2022 in Art, Poems

      Away Like Dust   Several announcements that the hour was at hand were backburnered, the dare administered had been not to face down a seasonal inflatable but to let the season pass with a period as advertisements give ample warning to contemplate on a sofa safety or safely…doing something… It seems unnecessary […]

Eight: Queen’s Knight (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jul 2022 in Art, Poems

    Queen’s Knight   Be your own hero, she saw an ad say Spritz gardenia musk in the eyes of a killer guerilla fighter be the windmill and the tilter the girl of his dreams and the til we meet again she twines a curl of hair Are old selves bomb shelters, follicular minefields… […]

Oracle (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 20 Jul 2022 in Art, Poems

      Oracle   Be ossuary of the boneyard Be statuary of the arcade Stealing tale-bearing, stop Freeze in relief but soft Catwalk over the under with stealthful feet An icicling drip of sewer fat Piles on the pit of the catacomb That underpinning of the street A caryatid hefts upon her head entablature […]

Bride to Be (part seventeen)

Posted by ractrose on 14 Jul 2022 in Art, Poems

      Bride to Be (seventeen)   And these were the old king’s decrees That Alderic remained in duty a son welcomed once; for license taken, not again to touch the woman who in succession stands, and must to a crowned head be wived Ill, she drops below the cloth and vomits Straightens, rinses […]

Aground (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Jul 2022 in Art, Poems

      Aground   Soldiers, duty dull    dull and foul made penalty by bouts of deluge it is no use to say the farmers need it we’ll all of us eat the fruits but today is different, the other asks, how then… For, don’t we? put a thousand prisoners to the sword But […]

Chum (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 30 Jun 2022 in Art, Poems

      Chum   Will you be my chum Sink with me under the bubbling swell Or take your hacksaw to the cable Release the weight of me That binds you Still We are side by side   Keep the pear tree, lose the partridge Keep the gold rings, sack the servants Forecast for […]

Miraculous (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jun 2022 in Art, Poems

      Miraculous   Tarzan is anxious In the bedroom, carpeting and air conditioning are dominant smells, the odor of adhesive and its cool tempering and the way the cigarette smoke of all her friends Blends into a suburban climb to the high and dry He was at his best, filled with animalistic impulse […]

The Mind’s Eye (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jun 2022 in Art, Poems

      The Mind’s Eye   Poured into America Through parting industrial fog of moist Over fen of broken fill still an alternative To the unwelcome choice For second rankers rags Clothe well enough and rainbows of all stripes Enchant condemn the love of color if you must Polluted strata layered between spheres Wash […]

The Cat Sprang Up (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Jun 2022 in Art, Poems

      The Cat Sprang Up   Since largely we are not little match girls And because the habit of sneaking asks of us That any wisp of fellow-feeling Be snuffed and whisked aside in the cup and ball game The atom shot from the huddled mass to huddle in a doorway would gather […]

A Little Joy (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Jun 2022 in Art, Poems

      A Little Joy   The young gather near old Timeworn The age of him lies like a bundle Poor yellow tom The stink of an open toilet and the menace of a grinning man He knows they’re like that A little joy in the killing The back steps concrete crumbling This fault […]