Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BIRD SHADOW ~








a new chapbook is now in hand by Ronald Baatz 
and typically for me with Ronald Baatz 
I can't help but begin to type up a handful of poems
 from an exquisite letterpress collection to share with you

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Covered with road dust

peonies blind and beautiful

and remembering funder






Returning alone from the dance

thinking about what

I'm going to tell the dog






I hire a fool to write my poems

but discover I can do the job

better myself






As a newborn I was brought home

from the hospital in a black car

followed by other black cars






In the morning

the hatless

squirrel






Listen!

you can tell that cricket is on its

last leg






This whole infuriating life

not overwhelming

old pajamas






Thoughts~

they come like birds

I have no seeds for



__________________

Ronald Baatz
BIRD SHADOW
Bottle of Smoke Press
PO BOX 12589
Wallkill, NY 12589
www.bospress.net








Monday, June 26, 2017

PORTER ~








“Porter”






Little kid

comes up to

my knees

short blond

mohawk haircut

while passing

me head down

bloodhound

asks like a pro

Excuse me

sir, have you

seen any

money any

money on the

ground?




I said, no,

I haven’t




he’s been

taught to be

a scavenger

and he’s cute




a few moments

later I heard

his mother

(camouflage pants)

call his

name









She Always Works With Me
In The Woods Elegant &
Gallant And Sometimes The
Trees Strike Back Which 
Doesn't Look Good For Me








black

eye




still

there —




they

do




that






Spring Storm








On the ground


under the tree


all its blossoms




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Bob Arnold
BEAUTIFUL   DAYS
Longhouse