POETRY

I believe all poetry is propaganda. If you write a love poem, it is a propaganda for love.

Jack Hirschman

SIGH LOW EMPTY

Farmer dusts his cap off on torn faded Levi jeans finished sewing winter wheat so he can pay the banker’s salary and send Old Man Kellogg’s dynasty to college it is a banker’s worldhe tells meas we head to the shop where the combinethe thresherthe grain drilland the shop itself aresitting up on jacks broke downContinue reading “SIGH LOW EMPTY”

Old rusted out shipyards

from Parley Noyo and the Oyster Bard. Read at the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition Art and Literature Gala, April 10, 2021 Old rusted out shipyardswhere the lumber schooners dockedand coal trains pulled in and outof elongated, angular platformsbisecting main streets at 29 degreesaltered carbonaltered gravity altar of worker’s sainthood now martyred and lamentedanother hotel erectedbeachcombersandContinue reading “Old rusted out shipyards”

LAST LIGHT

Is the sun a        star lover?  starlight, starbright….       it’s gorgeous  It is indeed.        a star lover              it is                  h o m o s t e l l u l a r  We’re gonnaContinue reading “LAST LIGHT”

EMERGE

When the bell tolls tonight I will not think  of writing a poem of hope.  I’ve tried that before.  Like you, my vision has become poorer by  one degree slowly losing  any ability to foresee and have gained only more grief marks and a great silver streak head – body – heart aches Like you, IContinue reading “EMERGE”

ACTS

Being Joyful in the time       of the Big Radical Sad           is a revolutionary act. Buying a bottle of wine with what’s left       after the rent check clears  is a revolutionary act. Chopping celery and carrots for a soup       you may make for tomorrow’s supper   Continue reading “ACTS”

EPISTEMY

Let this be the year that minds crack open wide  Spilling over with all that the  Eyes can hear and ears can see With all that the heart can sing And mouths can beat With hands that walk and giving feet I look into the blur of city lights And see bodies smiting their eggshell exoskeletonsContinue reading “EPISTEMY”

DOGGEREL SWIM

The old Daisy dog sleeps by the fireplace  at night under an avalanche  of curry-combed polar bear fur making rusty handsaw  blade noises through the plank she pants and can’t make  it down the front  porch steps anymore to cool off,  so she moseys  to the backroom  to eat the catfood  and drink some  shredded toilet Continue reading “DOGGEREL SWIM”


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