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(These are excerpts—click on the titles to view the complete poems)
— Word Poems
Poems containing the words curtain, threaten, brittle, and blaze.
If I fall through the ice
I am not my hypothermia.
No more bingo nights at the local hall,
or flimsy floral skirts
barn dancing in a shearers' shed.
Barbara de Franceschi
Away from the confines
of the convent my black-toed boots
shine with relief
They are beautiful children, more attractive than the men who sired them.
Geordie de Boer
Last Call at Shanny's Tavern
In the pallid light of dusk my father looked less
beaten, the black eye from the brawl'd gone gray.
My mother still wears her hair in braids
that summer in Oklahoma, a half
continent away from Whidbey Island.
It is not enough to hope for water.
In a dry season, death opens its chasm.
The wind's voice runs like a skink
through the leaves, upon
the bluff face, unintelligible
around june every year,
the sky is fished
out of an inkpot
and hung out to dry
He heard it,
the sound of the sun
I Can't Look Away
people see you got an arms' load
of anything they won't buy it, looks like you're too far
from where you want to be
Philosophy while eating Lucky Charms
Mom told a joke and I spit hearts,
clovers, blue moons.