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(These are excerpts—click on the titles to view the complete poems)
— Word Poems
Poems containing the words neighbor, blanket, anniversary, and eleven.
Three Poems (Spotlight Runner-Up!)
Today, my name is Houston
and I am a mission control prodigy.
The shine of a bluebird rests
like warm rain on his tongue. Sumac climbs the fresh-painted neck
of the garden trellis. Day bristles open.
The rage deflated
only at the street's end, amongst strangers
and chow mein.
Ragged clouds of steamy exhalation float
like empty comic strip word balloons.
Every Tuesday she is here,
next to a Nikon ad,
with her cyclostyled angst.
Hadn't Claude chosen painting
over his world of business? Now this woman?
Is it any wonder?
Even the laissez faire
parenting norms of 50s and 60s
were beyond their means.
These, I discover, are not random details,
by no means this-or-that.