Archive for the ‘Sapphics’ Category

Stone Resurrection

August 21, 2011

I Come to Praise, Not to Bury, the Last of the Incroyables
To what is left of my 1970s garage band, now a lounge act

Chilling roots. A competent Bodhisattva,
you describe Adonis at fifty-something.
Total ice. Incredible. Only genius
covers the Eagles.

String guitar, a salient old perspective
claims the high road. Holy of Holies, hear me.
Count your minions. Carry the sonic proxy
out of our future.

Crank your manic destiny, Haines and Tug Boat.
Slack becomes your adamant Dylan medley.
Larry Fix, your name is an astral 6 train.
Hail to the Fender.

Solid ghost, pretend to remind the gathered
ancients, hairless, vague, of the Minor 7.
None shall rise as few would dispute your glory,
Stone Resurrection.

Surrey down. Reveal to a static world how
angels wear your Dorian cherry hi-tops.
Call the game, O Surrealistic Pillow.
Surfeit the fallen.

Recited on stage to diners at the Perryville Inn, Perryville, NJ, August 19, 2011


The Poor Boy

August 2, 2011

At the dedication of a statue
in St. Louis, July 29, 2011

Never mind the profligate’s storied priors.
Tax evasion. Federal teenage traffic.
Maybellene and Johnny B. Goode remember
who did the driving.

Dirty heat at Blueberry Hill this morning,
hear the root beer factory’s bang and choogle.
Somewhere Congress struggles to raise the ceiling.
Not in St. Louis.

Let the city councilman sleep til Sunday.
Let the cell phones photograph total strangers
rubbing bronze and ducking the lyric sidewalk,
touching the Gibson.

Raft of the Medusa

October 11, 2010

Recognize the pyramid yawns on Thursday,
swilling sun and swallowing men like Sodom.
Cellar door. O barrel of blue jean monkeys,
mark the horizon!

Hallowed mirror. Swollen pituitary,
bulbous, skyward, plastic and accidental.
Pile it on. Dismember this meager triage.
Corduroy! Crystal!

Pay me down to drink of the hurling lacquer.
Crack of Void, unbuckle my silken trousers.
Seven bells, 140 lashes.
Marry me, Donna!

Musée du Louvre, October 7, 2010