Monday, July 14, 2014

Vispo: Two line poem

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Vispo: One line poem

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vispo at Coldfront Magazine

I have five pieces of visual poetry at Coldfront Magazine.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kneeling on the violet earth


If you had told me a year ago,
that my pair of yellow hands
would be lost, that my purple
and my white would be painted
into cropped pointy squares linked
by cutting-edge ambiance, fluted
between literary places, warped
with imaginary edges, bloated,
blistered, I would have known
what to look for.

I could have found iron antiquity
in broad-blown vessels glazed
to the brim with discoveries,
variables falsified and cracked
by fire. Or holiday corpses,
caged roosters, a solitary
living man in a black suit,
in a black house where
polar-blue light hung heavy
in north-south crosswires,
crowded with faint shapes
that might be dorsal fins,
broken oars, opuntia cacti.
I could have gathered
shining, sparkling, splendid
equidimensional particles,
taking them up,
throwing them out,
all the oxygen we could eat,
filling the blood orange chambers
of our jack-o-lantern hearts.

I could have exceeded your sway,
escaped your bygones, wrapped
your sabotage and subsequent
afterbirth in napkins tied
with shop cord and my last
undissolved sinew.

But you knew it all.
You knew
how to cross the equators,
you knew
what came after nothing,
you knew
this was our final year.
You were the only one
waiting to burn.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Geranium Lake Properties, the Opera

You can catch up on all the entries for The Blues, an Asemic Opera, appearing in my GLP cartoon. I think we are about two-thirds of the way through the whole thing.

This is not part of the opera, this is "Sky Rim Fire Mandala", part of the "Waking dreams of earth and air" series.

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I am taking long drives now, for the grace of it, because the local landscape is now at its most beautiful. The grass has all dried, the last vestige of green is gone, and in its place is a color you can call tawny or blond or gold, but it's an amazing color when endless acres of rolling hills are cloaked in it. All made even more vivid by its contrast with the dark green of chaparral, and coast live oaks casting their inky shadows under the saturated California light. The patterns of dark and gold, the shapes of hills like sleepers under blankets (exactly like shapes beloved by Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico), the line of demarcation between the hills and sky, are in a poem that's been making itself, over and over, long before human eyes ever beheld it.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ten Burros album cover

Ten Burros, Pray for Rain, 1977. Album cover, back, and sleeve for vinyl record.

Ten Burros album cover

Ten Burros, Pray for Rain, 1977. Album cover, front.


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Time Forgot Everything Wanted

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Andy Goldsworthy and Me

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Andy Goldsworthy has been hanging around a little more than usual lately. He finally took definite shape this morning at 3 am, and we made a collaboration for my April Fool's Day Postcard. I sent it off to the printer, but it won't be done for at least five days. And then it will probably take another week for me to mail it out.

Who wants one?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sneak preview of a future GLP post

You can follow GLP at its own blog.

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Tha Hough Them Alt, two versions

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Oh, what the hell, let's begin a novel today

This villain loves fertilizer, also known as bullshit, and forgets nothing demoniac, despite the melting of the polar ice, the retreat of glaciers, the rising waterlines, the disappearing coastlines. There is always something he can inhale from the unlifelike exxers to remind him of swagged crescents, begirded scimitars, sallying buzzards and brindled dogs gaunt as revenants. He can adopt nirvana instantly, with sticks of larkspur burning, mantras blabbing, Gaian oracles snoring through the twang of descants rephrased.

While this villain is jailed in a borrowed manor house of the paralyzers, he overhears cowbirds gleaning through the carbonation of inconsistent lagers, chattering about the upcoming exportation of hard utensils: dung swords, butterfly pans and waspish crankshafts. All now glimmering in the unclosed orchard, unused, unguarded, upturned in the ungrazed alfalfa. Separated from this villain's cloister by nothing more than evaluation, clarity and a few attenuated mortices. This villain, this adept reprobate, exploits a luckily overlooked defect in the paralyzers' homestead, skulks and slips through the residence to his detachment. Deftly adrift in the orchard, upwind, he spiffily arms himself from waders to hairline with cruel strikers and direful knockouts.

This villain's honest name is Ecikez, but others know him as Shellbark, Dicken, Planchet. Here among all this americana we can call him Jimker Pluto Gammon. Are you a paralyzer, cowbird, nonunified dotherd, hafting exporter, shariff of vios, leaching counselor, knickknack mobster or beproblish coiner? No? Then he is no villain to you.

His milieu is a ready and cunning haziness, his tender complexities were long ago shed in borders of extant wood, in springs of tumult. He has a saffron grandeur for your spunkier barmaids, for goblin vulvae, for fourth-spawned perjurors. He is fond of cheroots, lice-free tamales, pink chablis. All his anchorages soon become enwreathed with disasters, some trifling, some aggressive, some immovable. He compensates with a migratory buoyancy.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Third poem received from Mars

Poem received from Mars


yes Mars tin ice

liberality 1985
muchness 1913 LV
apt 1 cuz 15 etch

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sister Ghost


In this afternoon sky
I can see you
half-sunk in blue,
but not the blue of water.
You are immersed in a pale color
somewhat milky,
somewhat steely.

You float in the east.
You must be rising,
but you seem to be sinking,
your light worn thin as gauze.
A half-faced ghost staring at me
with one eye.

what does that matter to a planet?
You will still be here
when I am a ghost
and less than a ghost.
When I am forgotten bones,
forgotten dust.

But O Sister Ghost,
is that not vanity and illusion?
As long as you are here
I will be here.
Not one of my atoms pulverized,
not a single one lost.
Not even the atoms of the host
of living beings
who are guests of my body.

Once we were all some other star
or some other moon,
and someday
we will become other things.
Dirt, stone, grass,
another bug,
another beast,
another digestive tract.
Other blood,
other sap,
all of us still here,
dwelling in the same place,
as distant from you as I am now.

But O Sister Ghost,
I have such distances within me
that would dwarf the distance between us,
and are dwarfed by the distance
we both have yet to travel.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

A bite of uncured pastrami combined with a bite of candied pineapple tastes like teriyaki jerky and too many fireworks


This is sanity,
this blurred and inconsistent yearning
for a whole profusion of catastrophes,

giddy across cobblestones, and splashed
in burning sweet wormwood taken
with tiny sips so slowly, silent

and staring at the shape
of a deep bowl sky that
might be full of stars

hidden behind the glare
of celebratory momentum
and dreamchased refractions.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Found poetry form

Lemon verbena
and shea butter,
triple milled hand soap
from France.

I found this haiku-like poetic form on my bathroom windowsill. I call it S-natural. Can be used as a short poem of four lines, or as a longer poem with four-line stanzas. Does not have to be a found poem.

Bathroom book at the time I found this poem was The Haiku Anthology edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel, 1986.

First line: 5 syllables
Second line: 4 syllables
Third line: 5 syllables
Fourth line: 2 syllables

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Geranium Lake Properties, your mild speckled hero

New panels of GLP are published here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Geranium Lake Properties, puncture his habitat

New panels of GLP are published here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Geranium Lake Properties: The Metric Conversion

New panels of GLP are published here every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.