Hide the Poor

As clansmen make laws / the country makes heaps / their kings and governors / proclaim franking / to be among / the inalienable rights / They burn youths… More

John Reed: Two Sonnets

The truth is, I only tell 13 lies. / Lie no. 2: I lie in praise of heaven. / Three: this is between just the two of us.… More

Three Poems from Empire

How might it feel to be forced to drink molten gold? / The hardening from the inside would kill you almost instantly / When the gold was poured /… More

Octaves Later

Beyond / the nerve tonic / I came up rather quickly / now it’s a way of saying something / as if another century had passed More

Wide Enough

wasn’t crossing the / fence line a bird / that wasn’t perched / in the magnolia More

I Drink Bronze Light

Great American summer lakes/ right now I am flying above you / through a rare cloudless transparent sky / back to the city where it is always / cold… More

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