Rachel Loden: Three poems

  Rachel Loden

 
  Three poems
 

Rachel Loden: Three Poems:

            blues for u
            Bright Star
            Ten Months Later

blues for u

it
befalls u

ur
breathless

butt tweet
to the fallen y

in which we learn
precisely

fuck-all
except the way

the sunshine
glittered

on the laurel
wreath

dappled with
gobbet chunks

beside
a revolutionary

Guggenheim
I mean

uh
make mine

blue but
tell us

all
about

how very
deeply

y admired
u

Bright Star

I’m really going to
miss this

our Amphibious
Ready Group

tawny and handsome
as sand

pulling up on
your Alexandrian

haunches. Or
that moment when you

pull the rip cord
just when I do,

Islamabad
and Fort Bragg

dissolving
into a dreamy

nothingness. Oh
behave

yourself in Cairo.
It should look

like video, a submarine
rippling in the Gulf

of Aqaba, one
single star. Into the blue.

Ten Months Later

Is that a tremor       in the force
Or are you just happy
                                          to see me

The cruelty of poets never dies
But drives a clown car through the
                                          stars.

 

US poet Rachel Loden
US poet Rachel Loden
 

Rachel Loden’s book Kulchur Girl: Notes from Berkeley 1965 is just out from Vagabond Press (http://vagabondpress.net/products/rachel-loden-kulchur-girl). You can read an excerpt from it here. Loden’s last collection Dick of the Dead was shortlisted for the PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry and the California Book Award. Her first book, Hotel Imperium, won the Contemporary Poetry Series and was selected as one of the ten best poetry books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, which called it “quirky and beguiling.” She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, an &NOW Award, and a grant from the Fund for Poetry.

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