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Boston & Maine
The salt marsh at sunset, something of a carved rosewood landscape for an early 20th Century toy train set that’s left the mountain’s tunnel,
the smoke of the woodbox darkening everything in the heavy mix with steam, the mens’ faces of ivory washed in the ink. Leaving the mountain,
the eyes of the children in the sleeper opened again. The conductor chuckled. A horse in the mail carriage screamed.
This woke the station master who looked at his wife, saying,
it is the 2:113hrs late. She smiles, “Darling, I’m not sure that we’ve ever formally met?” He quickly removes his hand from her hair.
She wakes. The train edges under a water tower. The paper birds on the salt marsh are lifting into the night’s stars under the very soft rain.
The blue and white Cessna coughed out over the desert floor
there is a blinking margin of starry night that’s canal water.
A clumsy coyote descends an old hill of garbage. Death is visiting my friends. No one is impressed any longer. Column inches of suns in the stagnant water. Death, in fact, is shy and clumsylooking over its shoulder. The unscheduled slinking through a moon field of vulgar agave and crushed shell-life that is some millionaire’s lost airstrip. The wife inside is happy and undressingshe sips gin while the swamp cooler asks her to please finish that damn crossword puzzle in Wednesday’s newspaper: reticule.
anathemata. divan. hemorrhage. Her left hand releases a very fat string of pearls. She is just now sleeping in a chair.
Not another human for hundreds of miles. And it is surely a wonderful world. perpendicular. charlemagne. Light rain.
The cooling light from her husband’s fish tanks.
The Old Women at Urnekloster House
Heisenberg on his aunts’ ceiling counting the shut-ins. One giving names to individual tulip bulbs sighing with the fish bones and red potting soil on wet newsprint,
another, also mathematical,
obsessing on the current sum of pewter spoons and the third wrapping in wool a hot teapot her younger sister says is the color of marmalade custard.
The dog is larger than the rug he chooses to sleep on and he’s suffering from arthritis.
When he is finally dead the three women will drag him down the stairs on potato sacks they spent the morning sewing together as a burial sled.
(The blue clock beside the spring onions should know how long it took to arrive at the moment where suddenly it stops forever but without the usual importance.
However, physically its perfect enamel face is not self-conscious like cereal caught in the sergeant’s mustache if his mouth, still worse,
is a black hole and nursery of suns unbelievably adamant at the center of its universe.)
The fall from one step to the next releases methane from the dead dog and Heisenberg thinks this is all stacked like a model for reluctant space/time with a cold flat outcome for both the dog and the cosmos.
Table of Contents
The Old Women at Urnekloster House 5
In the Transfers of a Long Beard 7
The Kingdom 9
Tucson, Monday Love 10
Crater Lviv 11
Homage to St. Geraud 12
Caravaggio, Texas 13
A Third Scroll of Malachite 15
In the Choir Loft 17
Portrait of Donald Trump in a Purple Codpiece 19
Nimrod & the Flying Pig 20
A Week's Reading of the Newspaper 24
Robert Schumann Is Mad Again & 29
Dialogue of the One and Zero 30
The Elgar Enigma Repetitions,'33 31
Sokurov Thought the City Was Empty 33
Boston & Maine 36
An I.R.S. Official from Houston Visits the Blood on a Stone Stylus 37
The pilgrims above 40
Not A Spaghetti Minimalist's Sack / Of Writs And Chits, Not The Movie With A Dead Beard In It 41
In an Exchange of Many Goodbyes to All That 45
Grasmere, N.H. 46
Vladimir N.'s Bestiary of Flashy Fiction 47
Trow Hill, Vermont 49
The Nine Solitary Plasters of a Comedy 50
Snowden in Hong Kong 55
Cloaked in Night, Rising in Radiant Orchard 56
Scion, circa TEN 62
The Convergence 65
La logique assassin 66
The Colophons of Solomon 69
Elegy for Brian Young 94
Delmore Schwartz Vigilant among Large-Headed Lilas 96
Goya's Cleaning Woman 100
Prophecy in Lieu of a Lien 101
December 7, 2015 105
Two Eloping Disks with the Same Radius 107
Ghost Writer 108
About the Author 111