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.

retreat | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

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

Garden Divination | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Garden Divination

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

The last hurrah, Uncle whispers in my ear.
We’re on the porch looking out at …

Song of Destruction / The Halation Effect | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Song of Destruction / The Halation Effect

the Tappan Zee of my childhood blown up today after
an inclement weather delay—the wingspan of that bridge,

its steel body carrying everyone always over the Hudson
to the Jersey …

I Could See Horses | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

I Could See Horses

My father’s voice
was Utah copper, honeysuckle gold.
Fine-tuned. Viola, not violin.

A radio voice. First pilot calm
air traffic controller
confident. Cargo in the hold.

His local intonations laced with faraway