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2024-05-26 11:19
I lost a post this morning. It was a good one, full of wolves and a baby and it likely followed the river to where the baby would be slaughtered, but then a worm showed up and I was le… Read More
2024-05-24 10:43
Spread your arms wide.Take it in, all of it. Open yourselfup to closing suddenly, even unexpectedly. Then remove the doubtyou came with — yes, even that doubt which kept youclosed… Read More
2024-05-23 10:20
Until I start gearing up again it would be great to have a few more folks join the site.  Say, four?  http://patreon.com/TonyBrown Thanks Read More
2024-05-18 10:38
Go now. Find your way pastedges and borders. Look intoliminal space for his preferred edges. Into his explosive space,his placement in it; was it centralto him, a fence post of his reas… Read More
2024-05-16 10:42
Had a floorHad a wallWas quite ordinaryExtraordinary Had a floorRemarkable linoleumSupple and flexibleFloor of wonder and ordinariness Had a wallBuilt of swipes and tendernessWall of d… Read More
2024-05-15 11:56
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2024-05-14 11:30
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2024-05-12 12:32
My buddy Freddyis an odd duck, or a weird bird, or perhapsan unusual animal: maybe it’s onefrom the past andfits his clothes?Some folks dress up like a bird here. They allact wei… Read More
2024-05-08 23:10
Blond — a woman natch, turning heads,natch, as if there was something unnatural about it when she looked that damn good. A redheaded womanin black corsets. A brunette tearing apar… Read More
2024-05-08 11:30
Will now the body downuntil it breaks orshatters with cosmic forceon the sidewalk. Hold the mind intact until it happens thenlet go the last participantuntil it is parked and perfe… Read More
2024-05-04 11:26
Canary singsfrom the dark mineuntil the candle goes out. A robin singsfrom his perch, his bushuntil his light, his shine,ends. I go on and onchattering until I stop. ThenI start again… Read More
2024-05-02 14:27
I throw my hands atthe boxing shade before me. If I were a rich manI’d hire a championas it’s too large a challenge,I tell myself.   I amfar from rich, like mostjust driftin… Read More
2024-04-22 10:43
Whew. It’s been a whirlwind of a standstill this month. Feels like nothing is getting done and everything is perched,waiting to begin. On a prosaic level, that’s true. I’m… Read More
2024-04-17 10:25
On the horse,a pair of lenses swollen to fit the nose.Handsome in silver. The frames slick with promisethat this attempt wouldn’t embarrass. I stood there embarrassed.I suddenly had sc… Read More
2024-04-16 12:02
The nourishment of the illegals is at hand, the Karen Read trial proves it, you can hand feed the test feed of media bits and let it hang, you can dance as if it matters, you can hang your j… Read More
2024-04-16 10:10
The status was no longereasy, a relaxed nervous pitch;an eventual result could befailure, could be catastrophe,could be nothing much at all. The status reached over the edge.No one coax… Read More
2024-04-13 14:43
Observation: some of the writersare stuck in the wake of an eclipsethat was contested a week agoand moved on serene from the wreckageto today or nearby, calm as churchgoersin the leavings of… Read More
2024-04-12 09:55
Say it all. Put a meaningon your sounds. Attachother words to new wordsand let them dangle and hang. Love and theft and mistaken urgeslike the longing for sense or the gaspof the delighted l… Read More
2024-04-05 10:16
Why she fell to her knees andoffered whatever she wasto blue light in the cornerof the bedroom remainsunexplained This light around a ladycrouched on her familiar floorsuggested secrets… Read More
2024-04-01 10:26
A long night is overand while there’s no dawn yetit’s clearly coming, There is always a dawn.Always have been dawns.Likely will be for seasons yet. You are an American.You get to… Read More
2024-03-30 19:10
It’s like there are select insectswho know I’m decaying inside.One landed on my armand waited there on my skin for what seemed likea season. I felt a change in the weather. &nbsp&hell…Read More
2024-03-28 11:43
It is a measure of the fragility of my life that I am cut so deeply by each happening; every time I am compromised it is as if a window long ago paiinted shut has been thrown open into me an… Read More
2024-03-26 09:48
Take the case of a bridge that breaks in a quite unexpected way.  The morning news shows it collapsing when struck by a ship.  We are told — and by “we” I mean th… Read More
2024-03-25 11:44
In the paperworkthey called it a “CVA”A “cerebral vascular accident” On the street they call it a “stroke”Like a sky-sent bolt ora smoothing hand on… Read More
2024-03-24 10:51
I have been in the hospital after a stroke.  Back soon Read More
2024-03-20 10:07
Taking a walk around the neighborhood,I see an older fellow wiping blood from the arms and seats of his lawn chairs. I slow down to watch, express my dismayand concern.  “Oh… Read More
2024-03-18 09:45
Today is forthe streams of “if only — “ if only the front roomwas lush with palmetto, if only the sinkwas not full of sharks, if only you’d grown upon… Read More
2024-03-17 20:31
What metaldid you sleep uponlast nightthat conducted such dreamsand from what source? You stirred with every spark that stuck youin the dark; suns and their entire system… Read More
2024-03-16 10:26
I wear about a quarterof my father’s face in mine, though my dad used to look at me and saymy mother would never die until I was gone. I can see themboth when I look closely at a mirro… Read More
2024-03-14 09:38
I’m very aware of a break in my usual flow of writing lately. I’m dealing with a couple of serious health issues which are affecting my ability to do my job and to write, still t… Read More
2024-03-11 09:21
Calico coilcentered onthe living room rug springs up to nestlenear me on the couchas I weep and try to write.  All is right with that; I try not to think about her, take less… Read More
2024-03-09 18:56
Ocean in view ahead (and in time within) that resets all with every wave breaking,changing not just the landbut this man standing on the land watching, feeling the shift underfoot;… Read More
2024-03-08 10:14
It does not matterwhere you find yourself. End of a cul-de-sac. On the median stripof the road to safety. Alone on a trail through woods you do not recognize. It does not matterwhether… Read More
2024-03-07 10:27
Come from the highwayup Millbury Street toward home on a day that feels likethe end of a world in the after-rain sunset.On the sidewalk is the woman I’m sure a sitcom would name … Read More
2024-03-05 10:58
You have become so timidabout how things are in your world,  keeping to your grimy cocooneven when it is touched by something liable to break itor tear into it before you are ready. You… Read More
2024-03-03 18:47
Weis one of those wordseveryone kissesbut no one loves. Theyis said feverishly,furtively, side-eye giventoward its target. Iexalts and wallowsat once, misery grounding satiety. Usm… Read More
2024-02-28 10:45
Stunning how the microplasticscatch the light as they float in this glass of water that I just took from the faucet, how they spin in suspension.I may yet drink it anyway.It seems that I hav… Read More
2024-02-27 10:02
Twice nowI’ve seen an eagleflying over the highwaynorth of the city. Once when I was northbound,its white head clear as day;once when I was southbound,its flight distinctive as its col… Read More
2024-02-26 10:35
If you have wordsto bind your pain, bind it and put it to one side.  Steparound it, walk away, don’t look back. You willcome back to it, of course.One day it will r… Read More
2024-02-25 10:52
…but I am forgetting my manners —how are you, how are you,and how are you? So good to see you here, to see youanywhere, in fact. I’d heardthings and althoughI know be… Read More
2024-02-25 01:17
Held in the feeling of always walking down hill,even when climbing stairs. Sensing animals hurtling by, barely inin the edge of sight; unfamiliar creatures — sentient, w… Read More
2024-02-23 10:29
Did you think it could go on forever, this whole art thing, this creativity at all costs, this longing for words to improve the atmosphere, this lust for rhythm in the tongue, this leapfrogg… Read More
2024-02-22 10:48
I’m walking into the house after workand by chance I look to the left toward the patch belowour front room windows,towardthe black-mulched front yard pitted all overfrom squirrels and… Read More
2024-02-21 10:12
Country anthem, blues medallion,banners of dance and punk and metal;slap a label on your tribeand see if it gets larger.  Eat your feelings, drink your anger,parade collective sorrow;bu… Read More
2024-02-20 10:49
A morning as cold as hell is hot;I’m ready to go North from here. The old folks used to saya dying soul went south;what does that mean whenI’m already South?Heading int… Read More
2024-02-19 10:45
Daylight comes upover a landscapeof sheets and pillowsand clothing folded neatly last night to waituntil this morningto be tucked away.  You rememberhow long ago you saw mountainsthat a… Read More
2024-02-18 16:53
and it’s time to fade away from it.Time to stand and soar into the sky-past.Knowing when to go is half the challenge. The other halfis going. Taking flight. It’s ok, you tell… Read More
2024-01-26 10:49
Redemption is a fickle beast; chooses its own schedule. It’s an animal hiding in a hollow log, or behind a 55 gallon drum rusting in the woods behind your home.  You know it&rsquo&hell…Read More
2024-01-24 01:33
It is beyondmy power to controlanything that’s about to happen.  Beyond my powerto affect the weather.Beyond any powerI could borrow or buy. Close to powerlessin a powerful w… Read More
2024-01-23 01:52
In imaginingmy next life I cannot escapewhat came before;  in arguing on behalf of deviance from my prescribed path I cannot speak of futurewithout exhaling past; I drag my faults… Read More
2024-01-21 10:46
“It’s too late, she’s gone.”   I watch an old clip on YouTube. Clapton without Duane on the Johnny Cash Show, country-blues riff on Brownie the legendary Stratoc… Read More
2024-01-21 00:05
I look outsideon a frigid nightat a jagged landscape clinging to the running boards of SUVs and trucks,my own station wagon, the old car in front ofthe triple decker across th… Read More
2024-01-19 01:44
Well, I’m here — who have expected that I would have made it to Heaven?  Here I am, though. And it’s just as it’s been described. Clouds, pink light, music from… Read More
2024-01-17 22:57
startled bywhat’s come into viewsprouting from the roadin front of me it doesn’t make sensebut I surely drove through ita curtain in the roada rainbow sheet uprisen from wet-blac… Read More
2024-01-17 00:53
In awe of the simple brutalityof aging: not that it’s without beauty, or that joy is notpresent, even in the moment when you knowyour true age at last and it’s exactly rightas it… Read More
2024-01-15 12:52
Now and thenthere is a moment markedby a single tickfrom an old schoolroom clock that hangs on the basement wall;relic taken from a modernizing classroom,covered in plain dust and no sm… Read More
2024-01-13 13:12
The floor is always lava.  My feet are always burning. No one ever knows what’s happening. No one else feels the heated floor, the measured melting steps I have to take. I’… Read More
2024-01-12 02:25
I finished my term today and when I stepped out the door afterward I looked up at the sky and thought about that being a form of graduation.  Reflected on what I’d learned.  … Read More
2024-01-10 02:14
I like these high waters,their roar a herald of once-lost causes; love the way clear eyes can look through the lashing rainto see the dry light of tomorrow beyond. Even drowning would b… Read More
2024-01-07 10:35
The first step is to take the list out of its resting place in an old fashioned desktop tray of dark wood which sits to one side of where one would normally place what they were writing. Wri… Read More
2024-01-06 12:00
Whatever I lose today will likely end up in my toy chest from childhood. I don’t know where that is, either. It was built like a bench with a back so perhaps someone’s sitti… Read More
2024-01-05 10:53
There are cuffs sticking too far out of suit jackets, muted floral print dresses that have not been worn in a short while, and murmuring about causes and effects. Now and then, an out of pla… Read More
2024-01-04 10:40
What I see ahead is condensed to a pinpoint. Tunnel vision, but so much more narrow. Bright all around except at the end of the tunnel and there at the end, a massive darkness. Not that I wo… Read More
2024-01-03 10:32
It took them a long hard time to get from elsewhere to here.It could have been from anywhere but you should ask them where it was andwhat it was like there. You should know;&n&hell…Read More
2023-12-31 10:32
Once morearound the sun;please keepyour windows opento hearall the shouting. I promise,there will beas muchas last year. In factthere will be more. If onlyyou’d stoppedto hear ite… Read More
2023-12-30 01:08
Think there’s any Jesusin the poem? Trust me:there’s not. Jesus is staying away from thisthe way that once upon a time the fish on either side of the Red Sea learned to avoi… Read More
2023-12-27 02:03
When the catat last stepped out from underthe bed covers,she came first to the dry food dishesin the border land betweenpantry and kitchen, then into the living room with half-lidded eyes;sa… Read More
2023-12-26 21:39
Pretend to that cautionyou’ve rarely practicedwhen deep in your longingfor love or for comfort in the cold. As you stare at the sunriseof one of the last days of a calendar year,you im… Read More
2023-12-21 11:20
It feels like it got dressedin the dark. All the partsare coveredas custom dictatesand there’s nothing indecentabout it. It looks likethe poetknew what was supposed to gowhere,&nb&hell…Read More
2023-12-20 10:55
Wouldn’t it be niceto wake up somedayand hear yourselfembedded in a love songby someone else? Picture yourselfon your morning commute. It comes upon the car radio, the plain old radio:… Read More
2023-12-19 10:49
Food, music,the taste of fresh wateron a long-parched tongue;these are what I desirefor this is what I deserve. I deserve to be quenchedas if I am thirst, fedas if I were born to be hun… Read More
2023-12-19 02:36
It’s a mistake.A big mistake that’s been moving on foot through the world leaving huge footsteps behind it.  Big mistake —  shouldn’t have let it… Read More
2023-12-17 12:42
Woke up — perhaps I dreamed this?I found myself outside at daybreakin a village I did not know. I asked a woman I metcarrying her daily water backfrom a fountain, tell me: who is shoot… Read More
2023-12-16 11:02
You are late. You are not.Call this hour what you want.Either way, you must be on time. This is how it has always feltwhen you know you have come home.It’s been too long, or not nearly… Read More
2023-12-10 11:33
Original title “Collateral Damage.”  Written during the war in Nicaragua, so…1980s, sometime.  This poem was published in 2003, in 100 Poets Against the War (fro… Read More
2023-12-09 09:30
Freddy was a cockroach in the cornerI took him down with the toe of my bootIt was that kind of barI left him crinkly-dead on the floorThe evidence of blunt and violent cleansing right there… Read More
2023-12-09 00:23
Upon the televised wallssprays of war flavored blood. On the window, a mist of brain drawn forthby someone’s convictions. There’s no regard.no one reachingfor gentleness. It is t… Read More
2023-12-02 12:44
What you claimed to feelwas empathy. What you truly feltwas irritation.  How dare the news intrudewith bombs and othered miseryupon that safety you’ve been building?  You do… Read More
2023-11-30 11:06
Morning work:cat kneading on its daily blanket,now and thenanguished or delightedbut finally completedwork from me. If no one eversees any of this I knowat least one catis happy.  The b… Read More
2023-11-29 02:29
He’s the shit. One of Bowie’soriginal vaseline tigers.Moving with tide, hidinghis creaks and fears;a good snake sliding byon fearsome wholesomeappearance and remnant style. He&rs&hell…Read More
2023-11-28 10:46
Suppose you gotell that man in the red Toyotawho is driving around the neighborhoodjumping outand handing a quarter to each person he seestelling them with huge grinsthat it is for good luck… Read More
2023-11-28 01:15
By your roadside,your very own, the oneoutside your house. You are waitingto be let back inside.  Here they come,leaving your doors openas if no one lives there. Someone’sbagged a… Read More
2023-11-26 13:07
Alternative outputis when bombs hit earthand open up and flowerscover all. Or, alternatively,when olive trees come to full ripeness in the timeit would have taken to butcherchildren’s… Read More
2023-11-25 19:02
I’m not sure I recallwhat it looked like orhow it sounded. I think it used to havemusic with it, but nowI’m not as sure of that asI once was.   It hada grand texture and a p… Read More
2023-11-23 13:13
Whether you are eating wellor poorly; whether you are well-housedor ill-kept by your gods; happy in wealthor broken by poverty before all —  you stand, wherever you find yourself… Read More
2023-11-21 10:52
To lie in bedand love the breathsighing next to you. To get up out of thatand notice the timeafter having slept all night.A smile in the pre-alarmed dark of the bedroom,one last one beforeda… Read More
2023-11-18 17:03
When needed,a hard heart is indispensable —  for the eyes of their childrencan soften your resolve, as cantheir voices at dusk before streetlightscome on and chase themtoward… Read More
2023-11-17 08:02
A quick brown foxjumps over the lazy dog. Handwriting practice.All the letters you need in one easy to remember phrase. A quick brown foxjumps over the lazy dog. Picture the sentence hu… Read More
2023-11-16 10:44
First thing I doafter getting upis pet and feedthe cat. After that I begin the lamentations:the world, the job, the pain of rising age within.I feel indignities andhumiliations and abov… Read More
2023-11-15 11:13
Give me a smart timeand I’ll be all over itlike a dog on dropped steak. I like a word that pushes back,a phrase to turn my pathtoward light. But — one that takes mefor dumb or le… Read More
2023-11-14 11:26
Before setting out for the day,bathe your gut with a shot glass full of olive oil. There is no evidencethat this makes any sense medically, but I trust inMediterranean wisdom; they live… Read More
2023-11-11 11:17
New York City to Worcester,coming home from home.Driving as if I’m ever far from home,always longing for home. My eyes and brain soften allwhen I’m driving past midnight.Everythi… Read More
2023-11-08 10:39
I broke my favorite cereal bowl.Took a huge chip off the rim. The ritual for keeping order in the dayhas been crackedin a thoughtless waywhile washing up afterbreakfast. It will nag melike a… Read More
2023-11-04 11:22
Maybe I’d be happierif I believed in somethingcurrently absentbut said to be returning: Jesus, or America. Maybethat tug of hope,forlorn as it might be,could pull me up. It is fal… Read More
2023-11-02 09:45
Car radio newsis filled with black rocksflying through space,struck from hard placeson this hard planet,becoming flamewherever they land,spreading fire. Car radio news has taught meand I hav… Read More
2023-10-29 10:04
Revised. From 2016. This must be the place I bet I could run into the street directly from stagescreaming “can I get some DMT here and then I need to borrow a nail gunjust for an… Read More
2023-10-28 12:12
By accidentI’ve cut myself.Considering the number of knives in the house,I am surprised it happens so seldom. As always, I putmy freshly-opened thumbto my lips as if to… Read More

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