It’s Been a Bad Week

Saturday saw the son of an old friend die … I wish it had been my friend instead of his son, consoling the son about the father would have been easier than the other way around … the wife is also dead, so my old friend, as they say, is totally fucked On Sunday I […]

Protecting Genevieve

All of this is only notes for eventual meetings … with a bit of joy I measure my days by bombed out buildings, deserted huts, sleeping bags in the open … four died last night, dumped on the corner, a message, a song, a party in the distance I rest in our bed, sheets of […]

A Change in the Weather

Vivian once had a daughter, a red snow cone, an ocean wave, but no more She left me in New York, says Vivian, she’s a disappointment…I had plans, but I try not to think about that I don’t know Vivian, I say into my drink, that must be hard to do Not really, she was […]

Doves in the Moonlight

The question seeps into my mind almost every hour I can’t sleep and she is there in front of me, darkly, just so, her hands turning over like the body of a white dove Together we rap our heads around each other on the tenth floor ledge…it’s our nature Dr. Pablo tears the dream apart, […]

The First Page of Malverde Days

Maybe I’m a god or at least living at the pleasure of the gods like a bunch of dangling grapes Trying to figure it out, riding the lucky streaks When I think about the gods there is always sad music and then I fall into clichés like Voodoo chickens, but then come the kids prevented […]

Everybody is Someone Else

Where are all the doomed children of literature? The ones who’d just as soon kill themselves as eat breakfast They can hardly put on their shirt and shoes without a relapse   I once lived near a guy who wanted to be the Poet Laureate of America He was a rumor and kept to himself […]


Fires are people too They have faces, names, stories Bill, Carol, Mike, Pete, Terry, Mary, Timmy, Sabine, Dave, Stanley, Marivel…they can contradict your feelings They can give you malaria in the jungle or leave you naked on a cold mountain where thousands are struggling at the top, there is a sheet of rain, a black veil […]