Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Reef

Thoughts rise
like scattered fish
in the warm pelagic zone called “me.”

Peering down, far below,
I see a black Madonna
In the concrete rubble reef.

Sunlight, sunlight,
everywhere sunlight.

Scuba diving down,
the sun slats
paint a fence line
across the face of the Madonna.

Below, the reef,
coral, parrotfish,
and–no me at all!

Letter From a Despot

After five years of sending letters to military junta leaders asking for the release of political prisoners, I finally got a letter back. It was from a general in Uruguay. Thank you for your concern about X, we are proud of our people, we treat everyone fairly, it said.

One hundred letters and someone gets to see sunlight. Five hundred letters and they get a family phone call. One thousand letters and they become a liability and a surprising number are released.

This morning the sun is rising above a heavy cloud layer over the Willamette valley. People are getting ready for work and school. Each one is connected by invisible thread to someone they don’t know whose life depends on enough of them taking a few minutes to tug on the thread. Who knows, maybe today is the day?

Goodbye Katherine Dunn

Goodbye you crazy good writer. Goodbye you purveyor of geek love, you hunter of living gargoyles, you lover of boxing as it should be and connoisseur of life in all its tawdry finery. We will miss you writing sentences that spin the head around.

P. S. Please finish Cut Man,
wherever you are.