Legacy

Legacy

she has inherited her father’s cracking bones and her mother’s dimple   she stands in front of the mirror, Ma’s green dupatta resting against her…

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Brahmasthanam

Brahmasthanam

All faces are one—   so worship the bull at the gate, the elephant-headed son, the rising serpent light, and the dark mother’s womb.  …

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The Liquidators

The Liquidators

Soviet hazardous waste experts spent an estimated $2 billion on the cleanup and threw everything from converted moon rovers to radio-controlled bulldozers at the demolished…

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Your Camel

Your Camel

Tomatoes and cucumbers overcome by mint — green beans hanging from gutters — circles around eyes weepy with moonlight. We sit on your porch, gliding…

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State Road Sixty-Two

State Road Sixty-Two

Twentynine Palms two thousand eleven a salty, old Marine tried to tell me the legend of the Joshua Trees   he spat brown juice from…

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AFTER BAUDELAIRE

AFTER BAUDELAIRE

It’s all very poetic To gaze at oneself through a cracked mirror But far more tragic To wipe down a faultless one And find your…

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A Portrait of My Mother’s Lover as an Anonymous Man

A Portrait of My Mother’s Lover as an Anonymous Man

sometimes, you reduce him to this: the place at the back of his head where the hairs have begun to fall out still, he becomes…

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Unrecallable Events

Unrecallable Events

Circumstantial evidence entertains Thoughts of legitimate rape of the mind and memory Eliciting nomenclature of no men gathered in the recesses Pouncing As if Nothing…

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At the observatory

At the observatory

It is the place where, without admixture or confusion, all the places of the world, seen from every angle, coexist. — J L Borges, The…

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Out of the Aeneid

Out of the Aeneid

Next door a rooster inscribes his cry on the living cosmos.   Overnight my hair has become a nest of aluminum foil   to short…

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The Final Darkness

The Final Darkness

“In this big world of adults, observing with my big round eyes, Mum said we are bound by love and friendship and live together as…

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Skin is Core

Skin is Core

Soap dissolves molecule by molecule, runnels toward   the drain and disappearance. The skin is core, outer the inner,   so only the shrinking, —rounding,…

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FLOATING, FLOATING

FLOATING, FLOATING

Our lives race feebly in all directions. A frozen piece of land at the bottom of the earth… “I seem to hold in reserve something…

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Daphne Rises

Daphne Rises

Look how Mercury dapples the sky & Daphne’s house Faces north; there is nothing to say about the light Except it reaches beyond the heavens…

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Tangiers

Tangiers

The old narrow wooden streets of claustrophobia with market traders of differing size and health are adjoined by newer streets of many young gazers arrested…

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