Need a picture for the obit
In their wedding photos, /
my mother resembles a doll of herself, /
painted and straw-thin in tablecloth lace, / ...
My Old Man
“Get a job,” he used to say /
when I was up till midnight, /
red-eyed, nervous, burnt out, /
cramming for ...
I hope to retire in the village /
of heavy-headed children, /
the off-balance boys and girls /
who run with ...
Someone tore the hands off a big round clock, familiar /
as a classroom clock & abandoned it in the weeds / ...
Land then Water
The cheque refuses to be cashed without being thanked first. /
One cow has skidded down the meadow and tipped over. ...
Always start with poems about places /
that sing themselves as if they were a whir /
of mid-august heat bugs. ...
Herons on the Ice
Having had their summer, swum, fished and plunged /
deeply in their chosen waters, these old birds /
have woken ...
New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Forks
River and bridge /
and things that hover over: /
months after the earthquake / inside the exclusion zone / the water has hardened to mud / there are bodies still / ...
Sinuosity: a found and erased poem
A river’s sinuosity is its tendency to move /
back and forth across the floodplain, /
in an S-shaped pattern, ...