Friday, April 01, 2011

poem: the honeybees have it

filial junebugs
cockroach filaments

gazing down the long

cool road

episodic filibusters

in the whether ways

castigated soups of processed


(Mother Velveeta)

intimations of immortality in

the back rows

genocide orphans, fabricated

ne'er do well

the vigorous pie

eclipsed mamasita's

artesian well:

if you

measure the seismic

waves, spaghetti

western minutiae

Bobo the Fool

with his castanets

netting port o' potties

in Port au Prince

the rakish blonde

mango tacos in a blue

6 Couer d' Alene

epistolary magic,

trident emissaries,





on the cheap.



Blogger Dee Martin said...

while I would not dream of dissing Van I got hooked on Couer d' Alene - first heard of it in Josh Ritter's Wings the last line always transports castanets but very nice guitar. Maybe a little more "folk" than your mood

8:53 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: Dissing Van in this his dotage is just fine (that wagon done fell over), but this is from the still-glory days. I like the Ritter for lots of reasons, and I agree with the commenter who hears echoes of Leonard Cohen. I think you caught something: there's plenty of "folk" in this poem's mood.

Mucho me gusta the Ritter . . . Thanks for the intro.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I loved the "filial junebugs;" I just took a break from reading the last paper on our panel tomorrow. It's on the revival of Confucianism in China... filial junebugs, indeed, but they come out in April to sweep the family tombs.

I also liked "Mother Velveeta" and port-o'-potties in Port au Prince. And the tannic kisses at the end.

What a fun poem!

12:33 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: Fun to write, too. The port-o'-potties in Port au Prince could not be passed up and, even though I was tempted to leave her out, MV - as the Mother of All Cheese Products - insisted on my obeisance.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I took in a panel on the Daoist pantheon at the Asian Studies convention yesterday. Some of those Mother goddesses are pretty intense. I definitely agree that when one requires obeisance, you don't want to mess around, especially not the Mother of All Cheeselike Products. Wouldn't want a sudden plethora of cheesiness affecting your lectures or anything.

8:03 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: Probably would not want cheesiness leaking into lectures, but now, cheese-productiness, well, that might be just the thing.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Devil Mood said...

Oh-oh I hope my comment wasn't eaten up. I was talking about food and cheese a lot, but I wasn't hungry enough to eat comments.

4:29 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

DM: Welcome back! I'm sure you didn't eat the comments, but those BloggerFolk certainly did. Food and cheese are always welcome here.

4:58 PM  

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