Thursday, March 22, 2018


is mercury in retrograde?

your ass
is in retrograde

and your brain
where all the noise is coming from
is at perihelion
the nearest approach
to the sun

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The Perfection

the emails are becoming

less and less intelligible

but I believe she’s onto something

possibly something great

not quite human, words

wielded as articles of pleasure

and distraction

permeating an architectural membrane

shattering frail complexities

but leaving rigid statutes untouched

while she develops hot ideas

her soul remains unwilling
to release the blood

for the flea’s imaginative leap

but in fact maybe

this is the perfection

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

No Words: May 29, 2017

Midnight Requiem

T. S. Eliot: Do I dare to eat a peach?

Allman Brothers: Eat a peach.

Monday, March 27, 2017


hello! | check out my | fucking hex | ameter | fashioned in | J.C.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fellini's Greek Class: eh-mar-psa-men

Amarcord (1973)

The poem is by Archilochos of Paros (680-645 B.C.).

The text in Greek:

Επτά νεκρών γα\ρ πεσόντων,
οu$ς ε)μάρψαμεν ποσίν
Χείλιοι ει)με/n φονήες 


Of the seven the fallen corpses
we trampled with our feet
we were the thousand killers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dharma Poems

It is a great honor to have been asked to choose texts for the Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center's new poetry page. This will be an ongoing page with poems cycling in and out. The inaugural batch includes poems by Chögyam Trungpa, Thich Nhat Hanh, Cold Mountain, D. H. Lawrence and Appalachian poet Jim Webb.

R. H. Blyth (1898-1964), Zen and Haiku scholar and teacher