Palms

The forgotten force
not to guide
nor to order
but to escape
reservedly so
at an acme of
fameless age
violet
by faithless
fabled detectives
boxing
up shortcomings
then to leave
unswept talent
for the open
delectable
floor

It is murderous
a historical rate
economizing
a set
of unswung handles:

A Conception
a function

A Creation
an induction

The Collision
the scintillating absence

At All or any
our voidable
our metaphysic

Second In Command

Isaac the writer Rosenfeld and Ben-
Abraham lost stepping by the river
Jerome’s lake Roth’s rude stream

Isaac the writer brother to a father
alien other Malamud’s mother
tutor for a king—His quiet court

Isaac the writer Delmore and envy
Of Joshua the elder Of or Joseph the
Wanderer all love one moon can bare

Isaac the writer Ghetto heat still
brighter who lured guttural command
Walrus left dead Pluto’s some foreign land

Isaac the writer Life dances as inviter
space page Clock faced pens
Kokomo sweet Inside an incomplete lens

Bertrand Russell Blues

Both because and
in spite
Both because and
in spite
Both because and
in spite

I give of my left
I take from my night

Both over a course and
not never
Both over a course
and not never
Both over a course
and not never

I step on my button
I fall to your lever

Both fast asleep and
if unawake
Both fast asleep and
if unawake
Both fast asleep and
if unawake

I gift soft bread
I bury soft cake

A railing afoot and refraining
reclined
A railing afoot and refraining
reclined
A railing afoot and refraining
reclined

I bid thee “adieu”
I wish you good mind