Sleepless Night #33

“Sleepless Night #33” is one of a series of visual poems combining pages of a Dutch novella with collage. I wanted the poem found on each page to represent the source of another sleeplessness. What I like in found poems is surprise, and this page delivered it, literally.

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retreat

quick recoil as heatwave
tries to coax me
my bedroom, a sun-sluiced
temple

outside, maulvis
and bootleggers
cross paths
crisp, orange sky
waxy dawn
rising behind clouds
sister syncs the color

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Garden Divination

A miracle, my aunts and mother chorus—
Grandma’s up and about frying fish,
singing old hymns.

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the Tappan Zee of my childhood blown up today after
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its steel body carrying everyone always over the Hudson
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