Five rinky-dink bodies, white sand, trance-like clouds, the beach empty except me and my four brothers–sand fleas that I can’t shake off my feet. I wish for ten sisters to help me whip my brothers into pine trees, big Australian pines that spread across the beach, where fools, my brothers, walk on Pirates’ bones– boys […]
This old man, he play one, he play walk like I walk, son. With a six-pack, heart attack, leave me all alone, this old man come rolling home. This old man, he play two, he play listen I know you. With a back-slap, wisecrack, cut me to the bone, this old man drove me from […]
My father gave me a small globe, “This is the world,” he said, and showed me where to put the money. “Good boy,” he said. “Good-bye! Good luck!” A lot of good that did me. Or him. I lift and shake it: empty. It doesn’t spin; it never did, and the countries are different.
You have pretty eyes; your face is the rust on the side of a lost freighter and the first mate is jumping overboard. You’ve got your sealegs now, your bedlegs I mean know the roll and splash of waterbeds but regular beds too, even futons like discount Korean yachts. This air always does this to […]
My lover naps below while I sun on the stern in my sundress and dream myself a woman born for building ships. In the cushion of sleep I build this one as I tarry on our Alaskan island more than a century ago. My lover is taken at sea by a striking pirate who is, […]
I skitter across the heat of lonely towns like a drop on a skillet, stopping only to smooth myself out in bars with strings of women who don’t tie themselves to lives like mine. There was a time when the prophecy of dust clouds rising from a young woman’s broom made me wonder where you […]