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.

Poetry, prose, and art since 1956.

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