From Field Marks


1. kingdom of ends

O the round

about (and O

the rotary)

American as

this world is

(beautiful as


consumption is

the lower and

upper beak


If a rooster

crows only

when he sees

light, in the dark

he’ll never crow

and in the dark

ever even

the minor

irritations are





Bee shadow

on the table before

A bird amongst books

—open the window— a sparrow really

Eastern surely

If he got in, he can get out

persimmon-red cap

The whirl of the elevator

as it begins to rise

wind round in a copper bell

What thou lovest well is labor

When I leave

what will I have left:

4. Missoula

How to tell

a Fish Crow

an American Crow

apart? Hawks circle

the hills in hock.


in overcast

escrow open

their bills to the light

of the lunar cycle.

Dick said/says

if you can answer

a question to ask

is a waste of time.

We are not

what we say or do

when we are

and I am

aching in my

every joint, too.


Jersey cows mull/munch


in a green fog

—a contingent compass

 ruminant animal.

The loosened

mechanics rid

themselves of their

grammatical sling.

The stretch marks

a beautiful



In autumn decay


the oxygen

of the leaf strewn lake.

Birds of a feather

and all those other


crumbs on muddy water

stones in the gizzard.

A leaf is

a leaf, but            what then


and where does the turkey-

buzzard caravan?

Not here, not there

not in the late dogwood.

There was a time when things burned

and burned properly, ash all

all the way through.

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