Channel Surfing

after Forrest Gander’s ‘Deadout’

I.

Procure his bone-dry clay & burnish,
synchronous glide and precision.

Red Eared Slider stares beyond aquarium rim,
four feet shy of two from shell to carpet.

Aspen drum, synesthesia’s sunflower.
What are her song chroma rhythms?

His aroma: cedar wood, cilantro and lemongrass.
Her flashback déjà vu flash-forwards.

Sanding another figurine of Mary America,
merely made him sneeze.

Pronto, before she gets Smog Mesa hay fever,
you too, remarks the pollen

Road rage bullet strikes driver’s side windshield.
She misses peace of mind drive-in theaters.

II.

Aspen drum, synesthesia’s sunflower,
merely made him sneeze.

Red Eared Slider stares …

Measured Form | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Measured Form

The children have left the red ball
disintegrating in the backyard.
Half-gone, it’s a dimpled dome

for dead grass, brittle and yellow—
Even the cows would pass if it were …

Ars poetica | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Ars poetica

& the trees gleam wetly under the luminous clouds

& through a water-ribboned window a child draws pictures

& the child draws the man as a winter tree with the moon above

& …

Rabbit Skin Pelt | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Rabbit Skin Pelt

I recalled for the therapist a rabbit skin I bought
At summer camp, at the camp trading post,
When I was nine or ten using cash my parents
Sent with …

[On the one side] | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

[On the one side]

On the one side
there are hummingbirds
plucking secret fruits
from the tongues of foxgloves
& a shimmering woman
who yawns like a cat
in the day bed of a

Swallows in the Grasslands | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Swallows in the Grasslands

I’ve only seen them build nests on underpasses, on buildings, in the shadows of London Bridge—relocated from Britain to sandbar sex party shit show Lake Havasu, both names reminders of …