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Clementine and Cleopatra

        In the middle of the sale she fell dead asleep. There was a chance of showers so I let her rest – no toothbrush, and now it’s noticed no umbrella, just the set of new encyclopedias on the coffee table opened to the ‘C’s.   Perhaps a stepmother cruelly treated her, […]

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Crisis

    Stranded, lost in the thickest part of the woods,   wanting to play it back in dog years,   to retrace the crumbed and pebbled path,   to connect every hair fallen from my head,   to create a new, craftier maze through the forest of youth.   Wandering bygone bars, dazed by […]

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You know it’s a must

      Bill McCully ate glass, rolled out of moving cars and short trees, wanted to be a stuntman, had some kind of a plate in his head.   We’re sitting in a strange bar in East Baltimore, talking about the old days, like last summer, listening to Norman Greenbaum.   ‘Goin up to […]

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Calm Corner

                      Empathy hung out with us Friday night on the corner. He was older than the guys, salt and pepper hair, street-wizened jeans, and refreshingly articulate considering the Wild Irish we were sharing.   No one knew him or paid him much mind except me. […]

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 Elegy Eve

                     Torment doesn’t wait for tomorrow, he shows up tonight on Rofie’s porch looking like Stevie Becker, wearing Robert’s overcoat and smelling like Jim Beam and Old Spice, demanding something other than lunchmeat for the wake and reminding me of Phillip Krause and Kenyon Avenue.   […]

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Baptistry

    The rustling forest stills itself with Zacharias silence. The lone passion of retreat ignores an autumn chill. Lightning seeks the horizon as day breaks intense introspection.   Monotone rhythms subside, reality to metaphysic becomes intuitive, indulged, then blind – a quiet penance seeking the inner labyrinths of mind.   Francis kneels naked, hands […]

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Subtlety

      There is no silence. It is quiet, no manufactured noise, no machinery running in the background or dog barking down the street, but a hum, a teeming, the earth breathing, the planets spinning, the synapses pulsating in concert.   There is always a scent. No smell or odor perhaps, always a taste. Eyes […]

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Hyde

      Words dance, spasm like bits of dirt on the page, defying securities of posit and finite.   I feel the ink stretching the fibers of the paper, see it filling microscopic spaces.   A manic glimpse of foreheads and breasts loping into corners, squared to meet the room.   A violent scrawling […]

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Boardwalk Bijou

           The morning bicyclers were not out yet and dunes hid me, hungover, half asleep. I knew she could not see me watching them as they came to the boardwalk hand in hand, a grandmother with a child about four.   Her gray hair blended with the gray of dawn and […]

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Pig Town

    The raw smell of city sleet and rain. The chill wraps the street in a thin sheet of needles as chronic taut muscles ricket, lump fetal, struggle with every tedious move.   The mind dilates, swells, floats through thick, bitter and muddy sky. Ice and grease lie stagnant in the harbor, sparks rise […]