Selected pieces from “Earth Lyre” and “Exile Deutschland!”

The Prodigal Years

applaud the girl
her creature wears
another draperies
vague and awkward
human spaces

drunken own actors
few shelves of fame
black & crimson Nile
sleeps unfortunate
stale luxurious victim

crack noisy highways
enigmatic commons
swear out of money
credit the criminal
wax lights

blood blessings, brother
in gardens thin and hovering
in lost faces of rivers
plenty mind fingers
cool heaven

drunken distributed religion
inaccessible houses
sad, comfortless spheres
surgeon shanty
the labyrinth of beggars

contemplation changed again
a steady alcove
the ruined luck
vital murderer
the prodigal years

Myth

the sea, the laughter
a ruined street
waterfall churchyards
music speaks
strangest of tongues
white mournful winds
in moonlight mirrors
French horns
galactic pancakes
mist by waters
airy hearts
asleep
saintly wild
bear sorrow
floods
return
to the wasteland
ghastly windows
well beyond blood
winding
straining
gothic watch-dogs
thick golden harbors
sailing below
Charon sails
crimson flags
cruel
surprise

Fool the Clocks

few touches survive
owning her history
longing the cold
momentary
summer
fireworks taste
the recent spirit

jealous handwriting
sailing humble selves
into woollen mansions
of seasons
the story performed
sails forsaken
& drawback poems
elevate the truth

thin suggestions
pierce the natural
imperial subjects
of greed
mild silken
hesitation
murmured midnights
lamps follow

the departed spoke
in furious instruments
hidden at love
seen w/ winds
painted warnings
humming the heart
pass usual lips
pleasant
fooling the clocks

We Drove to the Turquoise Sky

We drove to the turquoise sky
snow-wind Leonardo
surfing land
weeping in snow
circles of time
into century
ascetic
flashed fragile
a telephone frame
absent-minded
moon candles
in love w/ death
old boundless
mirror
entered the restless wild
sick lantern-light
nests angry, confused
living different
standing on clouds
coated in Luna
useless

Crow Recital

crow recital
clothes under laughter
funeral stockings
fire orators
thoughts of cross
discipline
madmen
death struggle
figures disgraced

crow recital
villains of hands absinthe
deserted
young models
artless furniture
thundering clarinet
fixed imperious
in cloudy trees

crow recital, girl
piles of eyes
cold, artificial
last theaters
Olympic, shaken
walking on soft asylums
persuaded views and applause
life’s tight uniforms

Their Sails

golden angels shapes
tear-drops instinct
soulless
as agony
fathomed quotes
purged youth, intuition
childhood’s marks
failure mysteries
leak professions
profane and decay
the endless view
plant presence
blindly rejoiced
monks fully in nothingness
tornado solution
labored eyes
past scope instrument slain
bold be repulsion
strangled
smooth science
among illumination, magic
school-rooms their sails

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