Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BASIL KING ~




Marsh Hawk Press





This is one of my favorite books for 2017
and I'm reading all the time.

The book has all the patience and spontaneity I find lacking
in too many books of poems published in the United States —
King's more resembling an era when Ted Berrigan's The Sonnets and
Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems snapped crackled and popped.

King is as brave and honest as another marvel, Muriel Rukeyser.

His overlapping text structure and flow of thoughts
make for extra fine mingling — he is indeed a
jewel thief or perhaps the Prime Minister.

I started to well up on page 138-139
but then I'm a Leo.

Don't hesitate.

[ BA ]






Monday, October 16, 2017

HOUSEKEEPING ~











Housekeeping






What bedspread

what blanket

what cloth I



have watched her

hand spread smooth

with an elegance



felt

on my-


self







The Garden





I see her out a window the one I love

She sees me and smiles



Looks at me again and smiles



Really, she was leaning to look 

At the start of spring lettuce








Duo






The same bird every night

In the same tree singing

The same song that does

The same very songful

Thing inside of me








Is It 





river

flowing

beneath

the stars



or stars

flowing

over the 

river



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BOB ARNOLD
I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012