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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

A sample from 44 Sonnets — one of the sonnet-almost-every-day poems I wrote in January and February of last year, considerably revised:

Walking at Lunchtime With an iPod On Patuxent River Naval Air Station


That swan's not native, either, but I'm cold,
While he, so nonchalantly graceful, rides
This slate-grey inlet rimmed in manifold
Frail icy layers piled by waves and tides.
My playlist's poetry, while overhead
A T-2 Buckeye loses altitude,
Dragging "a flower like a froth, and dead"
Through chaos to "DNA molecule is the nude …"
And here, beside unswerving coon tracks, lies
A duck encased in ice. I stoop to see
What happened, but I can't. That's no surprise.
I play at death in code and poetry.
Stiff-kneed, I stand and prod it with my shoe
Before returning to the work I do.

Drafts here.


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About a month ago, Mary Agner also posted on Anne Stevenson: here, here, and here.

In a bit of shameless self-promotion, I'll mention Mary had some very kind words about my 44 Sonnets, as did Jason Stuart at Grim Pen and Ivy Alvarez, who was kind enough to mention it again today with a link, and who has her own fine chapbook what's wrong, with cover by Christine Hamm. You can get your handsewn (but laser-printed) 44 Sonnets for three bucks or a trade.


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